Batch 65: Kombi II

This is the second iteration of Kombi, a Belgian pale ale brewed to BJCP style 24B. The first iteration was brewed with homebrew competitions in mind. I only entered it in one competition, because of carbonation issues due to my error, but it placed gold in that one!

This re-brew has only minor tweaks to the grist and hopping, but I’m switching to Escarpment’s Dry Belgian strain (STA-1 positive) for a much more dry interpretation, more in line with my preferences. It is hard to say at this point if it’ll be as well suited to competitions, but I do plan to enter it in a couple in 2020.

Brew date: December 26, 2019
Bottling date: TBD

OG: 1.049
ABV: 6.0%
IBU: 27

3.80 kg Bohemian Pilsner malt
0.60 kg Munich II malt
0.20 kg Biscuit malt
0.20 kg Caramunich II malt
0.20 kg Flaked oats

4.5g CaCl
2.5g gypsum
5g 88% Lactic Acid

Mash Schedule:
55C for 15 min
65C for 70 min
75C for 10 min

Boil 90 minutes

35g Boheme (6% AA) @ 60 min
25g Saaz (2.8% AA) @ 5 min

Escarpment Dry Belgian (gen 1) approx 150B cells
Fermented at ambient, 72F generally during activity.

Brew Day Notes: Prepared the full volume (30L) with salts in the GF, and pumped off 14L once warmed into my sparge pot.