Bel-Gin Strong – Homebrew Batch #8

Monday evening I brewed a 1 gallon batch of Brooklyn Brew Shop’s Bel-Gin Strong.  This is a Belgian pilsner with gin-aromatics:  juniper and coriander.  I uploaded the recipe to Hopville, but here it is again:

Mash (60 minutes, 150 degrees):

2lbs Belgian Pilsner Malt (Mine was German, I think)

0.4lbs Caramel 10 malt.

Sparge with 4 quarts water at 170.


bring to boil and add 0.12 oz Northern Brewer hops, along with 2/3 teaspoon of crushed juniper berries and 2/3 teaspoon of crushed coriander seed (I did 3/4 teaspoon of each)

after 30 minutes add 0.10 oz Saaz

after 45 minutes total add another 0.10 oz Saaz

after 55 minutes total add a final 0.10 oz Saaz, and the remaining 1/3rd teaspoon each of juniper berries and coriander seed (I did 1/4 tsp at this time)

after 60 minutes, turn off the heat and add 0.25lbs clear Belgian Candi Sugar (I used amber, and I guesstimated the weight, rounding up)

Cool and pitch Safale S-33 yeast.

My OG came to 1.064, which is pretty close to Hopville’s estimate of 1.071.

3T honey for bottling – in 3 weeks.

Note: for this batch, and for the blueberry red ale, I used a nylon hops bag:  this is because in each batch I had stuff that I wanted to keep in the fermenter and not strain out (blueberries, and the gin aromatics, respectively), so I didn’t strain the wort before I put it in the fermenter:  I just pulled out my hops bag.



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