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Doodle Bop Belgium Single

Brewed: 01/29/2023   Kegged: 02/04/2023

Late in 2022, I looked through the 2021 version of the BJCP Guidelines and discovered DoodleBop.jpgthat I'd never really brewed any beer in three of the Categories.

This included the 26. Monastic Ale Category.

I felt like I had to rectify this situation.

Of the beers in this category, I thought the Single would be most in my wheel house. 

"A blond, bitter, hoppy table beer that is very dry and highly carbonated. The aggressive fruity-spicy Belgian yeast character and high bitterness is forward in the balance, with a soft, supportive grainy-sweet malt palate, and a spicy-floral hop profile."

I found an AHA recipe Chimay Dorée Clone, that I will probably use as a starting off point for my recipe.

The name "Doodle Bop" isn't directly named after the stupid children's show "The Doodlebops".

Actually it is named after a game that my youngest son used to play a bunch on his phone. I don't actually remember what the game was called, but it was close to "Doodlebop". 

Whenever I saw my son playing it, I'd call it "Doodlebop". He'd smile and roll his eyes. Eventually he gave up correcting me, and its name became "Doodlebop".

Good times. Anyway ...

For more about brewing BJCP Styles, See Sheppy's Blog: BJCP goal.

For more about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Doodle Bop

Doodle Bop Belgium Single --- Batch 1

Style Belgian Single Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.71 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   72.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.047 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 30.8 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.0 %
BU : GU   0.662        
Recipe Color 4.8 SRM
Measured OG:   1.045    Measured FG:   1.007
ADF:   84    Measured ABV:   5.0% 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
8.88 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
6.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
3.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
1.50 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 4 - -
8 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 5 82.1 % 0.63 gal
1 lbs White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 6 10.3 % 0.08 gal
12.0 oz Caravienne Malt (22.0 SRM) Grain 7 7.7 % 0.06 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [15.80 %] - Boil 45.0 min Hop 8 27.7 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 9 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 10 - -
1.000 oz Tettnang [4.80 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 3.1 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Belgian Ale Yeast (Wyeast Labs #1214) [124.21 ml] Yeast 12 - -
1.00 oz Lemon Zest (Primary 5.0 days) Flavor 13 - -
1.00 oz Orange Zest (Primary 5.0 days) Flavor 14 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 12.19 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 1 steps (5.84gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Water salts bring Denver water profile (as defined by BeerSmith) to
Acid to bring water pH to around 5.3
Mash as directed.
Boil as directed.
Cool wort to as close to 60F as possible.
Ferment in low 60's for a day or two then let the fermentation rise to ambient temp.
Add Zest a day or two into fermentation.
Keg after two weeks in fermentor. Force carbonate to taste.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.038 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.71 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
01/27/2023 esheppy
Got ingredients last weekend. Should be making a starter tomorrow and brewing Sunday.
01/28/2023 esheppy
Did the starter today.
01/29/2023 esheppy
Cold brew day. The starter never really got active but when in took a refractometer reading, it does appear to have attenuated. Sto we're going for it. Noticed my boil is 90 minutes so I'm going to modify recipe real quick.
01/29/2023 esheppy
Brew day went pretty well. Ended up with an OG at 1.045. Since it was so cold out, I decided not to get the hoses out and let chilling happen via ambient temperature. Racked into the Anvil brew bucket since it can handle heat. Apparently the Tilt can handle temps up to 185, so I put it in at the higher temps.
01/30/2023 esheppy
When I left for work this morning, there was no sign of fermentation. I decided to get some dry yeast at the lhbs during lunch. But things were going by the time I got home. Tilt says 1.041 at 67 degrees.
01/31/2023 esheppy
Tilt says 1.024 at 68 degrees. Bubbling strong. Airlock smells fairly hoppy.
01/31/2023 esheppy
Tilt SG jumping around quite a bit ... Probably because of an extremely active fermentation. I took a little sample. Nice fruity pear flavor with a touch of cracker in the malt. Obviously very cloudy, but I think this is going to be quite delicious.
02/01/2023 esheppy
Tilt says 1.012 at 70 degrees. Bubbling starting to slow down.
02/02/2023 esheppy
Bubbling has pretty much stopped. Tilt says 1.011 at 66 degrees. Need to think about adding the zest. I have an empty keg, but no room in the fridge or beer fridge. I think I might rack to keg with the zests and let sit at room temp until a spot opens for it.
02/04/2023 esheppy
Zested 2 lemons, 3 limes, and part of an orange. Got about 52 grams total of zest (1.83 oz). Put the zest in my SS tea balls and racked the beer onto them in a keg. SG was at 1.007, and I'm calling that the FG. The keg will sit at room temperature until the Mr. Awesome keg kicks.
02/05/2023 esheppy
Killed the keg of Mr. Awesome, so I could put this keg into the beer fridge. Should be drinking it by Super Bowl Weekend.
02/10/2023 esheppy
First pour extremely cloudy. I really like the how the zest flavor pairs with the fruity Belgium yeast. Needs more carbonation, but I think this will a yummy beer to drink while watching the Superbowl.
02/17/2023 esheppy
Carbonation great. Still a bit hazy, but clearing up. Wonderful citrus flavor. The Beer Model really likes it.
02/26/2023 esheppy
Brought some up to my travel brew day at Du's Brewery. This was a great hit. People really liked the citrus zest flavor.
03/26/2023 esheppy
Clearing up quite a bit. Beautiful gold beer. Nicely carbonated. Flavor dominated by the zest.
04/06/2023 esheppy
Really nice beer. Seems like it would be an excellent summer ale.
04/21/2023 esheppy
Still going. I think maybe the zest is beginning to fade slightly and it tastes a little more "beer like". Really like it.
05/15/2023 esheppy
The keg blew tonight, which means I can keg Summer Lovin'. The zest maintained it's flavor all the way through. Yummy.
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