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Homebrew: Lusty Leopard (Tripel)


Today I brewed up a small batch of a Belgian Tripel. I’m still having some problems with efficiency, even though I crushed really fine this time, so there are probably some problems with my techniques as well. Will have to try to search the web for some answers. I ended up with around 9 liters of beer, with an OG of 1.082. I mashed quite low, and am using Wyeast’s WLP550 Belgian Ale Yeast, so hopefully this doesn’t turn out super dry. I added 8 grams of crushed coriander seeds and 15 grams of sweet orange zests, to add some extra spiciness and fruitiness. I’m gonna let this one ferment at room temperature for a month, and then condition it a couple of months before I start drinking it. Sorry no pictures this time either, has I was quite busy the whole brew day (I kegged the ‘Christmas’ Amber Ale (Bold Bobcat), which was smelling and tasting great straight from the fermenter (FG had dropped to 1.012)).

Recipe: Lusty Leopard Tripel
Style: Belgian Tripel
TYPE: All Grain

Recipe Specifications
Boil Size: 15.52 l
Post Boil Volume: 13.52 l
Batch Size (fermenter): 10.00 l
Bottling Volume: 9.00 l
Estimated OG: 1.077 SG
Estimated Color: 5.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 24.0 IBUs
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
2.90 kg Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 82.5 %
0.14 kg Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM) Grain 2 3.9 %
0.11 kg Barley, Flaked (1.7 SRM) Grain 3 3.2 %
0.09 kg Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) Grain 4 2.5 %
0.28 kg Cane (Beet) Sugar (0.0 SRM) Sugar 5 8.0 %

10.00 g Magnum [13.20 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 6 21.5 IBUs
10.00 g Saaz [4.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 7 2.5 IBUs

15.00 g Orange Peel, Sweet (Boil 5.0 mins) Spice 8 -
8.00 g Coriander Seed (Boil 5.0 mins) Spice 9 -

1 pkg Belgian Ale (White Labs #WLP550) [35.49 Yeast 10 - 


  1. On efficiency, just aim to hit the OG and go for a good tasting beer – who cares about efficiency…whether your cost is 10p more or less expensive per pint is a non-issue.

  2. True! Of course aiming to hit the OG and making a good tasting beer are my top priority, but it would be nice to sometimes reach a higher OG without having to boil off large amounts of water, and hence also end up with less beer 🙂

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