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Brooklyn Brew Shop's West Coast Golden Strong Ale

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    Posted: 22 August 2017 at 11:59
Brooklyn Brew Shop's West Coast Golden Strong Ale - Tips and Advice

My next brew will be a West Coast Golden Strong Ale, from Brooklyn Brew Shop. This is a pre-packaged mix that I bought for my oldest son to commemorate a trip that he took to Seattle; we will be brewing it sometime this week, if things go well.

I can't say for sure, but my guess is that this is a Belgian Strong Ale with West Coast soul, which is provided by the clean-fermenting yeast and the Cascade Hops. Brooklyn Brew Shop describes this beer as "super light-bodied and easy-drinking, deceptively high in alcohol, full of hops and citrus."

I bought this one-gallon mix some time ago; in fact, it has been discontinued by Brooklyn Brew Shop. Since the mix is a little old, I will use fresh yeast and hops. Thinking Belgian, I asked Brooklyn Brew Shop if S33 would be a good yeast to use; their reply was that it would do in a pinch, but for this particular beer, their own yeast would be better, so I will use that. It is clean-fermenting yeast that lets the hops shine, as I recall; I don't know the actual strain of their yeast, but it is pretty fast-acting. As for the hops, they said that I should use 0.5 ounces of Cascade hops, divided equally into 4 additions at 60, 30, 10 and 0 minutes.

I don't have too many stats on it, but it is advertised at 7.25% ABV; to help boost the ABV, clear Belgian candi sugar is added at the end of the boil. Also, my correspondence with Brooklyn Brew Shop tells me that the intended IBUs are 27.3, with a lot of aroma and flavor.

That's about all I know, for now; there will be more to follow, as it happens. I will design a label and post about the brew when I can.

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