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Dubbel Minor

Brewed: 02/25/2023   Kegged: 03/12/2023

Way back starting in 2012, I decided to make an effort to brew beers in BJCP categories that I had not brewed yet. (see SheppyBrew Styles).

DubbelMinor.jpgSometime in 2013 I had brewed at least one beer in each of the categories.

Then, the BJCP Guidelines changed.

Late 2022, I discovered that they guidelines had changed enough that I had no longer brewed at least one beer in every category (see BJCP 2021 Style Guidelines).

I brewed Doodle Bop Belgium Single to satisfy the 26 Monastic Ale category, and harvested that yeast.

Shortly after, my friend Du wanted to host a brew day at his house, and I thought that would be a good time to use the harvested yeast on another Belgium beer. I decided to design a Belgium Dubbel.

This is that recipe.

"Dubbel Minor" is a bit of a pun inspired by my favorite spectator sport. It is named after a double minor penalty.

I thought it was clever. Unless I'm missing one, it looks like untappd doesn't have any commercial beers with the same name. It looks like a single homebrewer came up with the same idea.

Anyway ... the SheppyBrew version should be ready to drink in March of 2023. 

A deep reddish-copper, moderately strong, malty, complex Belgian ale with rich malty flavors, dark or dried fruit esters, and light alcohol blended together in a malty presentation that finishes fairly dry.

For more about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Dubbel Minor

Dubbel Minor --- Batch 1
Style Belgian Dubbel Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.71 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.066 SG Estimated FG 1.010 SG
Recipe Bitterness 26.5 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 7.4 %
BU : GU   0.403        
Recipe Color 15.2 SRM
Measured OG:   1.065    Measured FG:   1.008 
ADF:   87    Measured ABV:   7.6 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
9.27 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
6.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
4.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
4.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 4 - -
10 lbs 12.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 5 78.2 % 0.84 gal
1 lbs Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 6 7.3 % 0.08 gal
12.0 oz Special B Malt (180.0 SRM) Grain 7 5.5 % 0.06 gal
8.0 oz Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM) Grain 8 3.6 % 0.04 gal
12.0 oz Brown Sugar, Light [Boil] (8.0 SRM) Sugar 9 5.5 % 0.06 gal
1.000 oz Centennial [11.00 %] - Boil 35.0 min Hop 10 26.5 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 11 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 12 - -
1.0 pkg Belgian Ale Yeast (Wyeast Labs #1214) [124.21 ml] Yeast 13 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 16.25 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (4.92gal, 0.29gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Make 6 cup starter a couple of days before brew day.
Water salts bring Denver water profile (as defined by BeerSmith) to

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.054 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.71 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
02/24/2023 esheppy
Picked up ingredients yesterday. Making yeast starter today. Brew day up at Du's house tomorrow.
02/26/2023 esheppy
Brew day went well. Du hosted a fun event. Started fermentation in a hotel room.
02/26/2023 esheppy
Fermentation started strong overnight. Getting ready to drive home and combine two carboys into one fermenter.
02/26/2023 esheppy
Everything combined. Lots more wort than I thought. Tilt says 1.055 at 67 right now.
02/28/2023 esheppy
Tilt says 1.010 at 70 degrees. This is probably the FG. Still needs clarification time. I might be able to keg this weekend.
03/12/2023 esheppy
Kegging today. Tilt said 1.008.
03/12/2023 esheppy
Hydrometer also at 1.008. Nice beer. Fairly clean for a Belgium. Malty. Fairly dry. A little pear ester. Yum. 😋
03/15/2023 esheppy
Carbonation getting close. Beautiful beer. Tasty. Dangerously easy drinking.
03/31/2023 esheppy
Really nice drinking beer. Smooth Belgium flavor. Lighter in color than I usually think of Dubbels, but I think it's in range. Higher in alcohol than it tastes.
04/05/2023 esheppy
Starting to really clarify. Great Beer
04/14/2023 esheppy
Yummy. I think if I make this again, I'll add a little more Special B for a little darker color and more dark fruit flavor. The "Belgium" flavor is pretty subtle. A little pear ester and today I detected just a hint of bubblegum. Dangerously smooth. Great beer.
04/28/2023 esheppy
Dry and drinkable. Now I think maybe I don't want more Special B. Really nice beer.
04/29/2023 esheppy
The keg blew tonight. Didn't realize it was so close to empty. Need to brew more beer to get my inventory up. Great beer while it lasted.
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