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Figinator - (Biere de Garde)

Ready for something different? How about a blended brew consisting of a classic Biere de Garde (French Farmhouse) beer spiked with organic fig syrup. Its a mix of Winter and Fall with great malt and fig flavor, a real crowd pleaser. This is one brew you will WANT TO BE BAAACK. The Figinator is on Garde.

Figinator - (Biere de Garde)

Traditional Biere de Garde originated in Northern France (Nord) as Mars or Bock beers in the 1800s with the modern versions appearing in the 1950s. You will find year-round production of Biere de Garde by various US micros and in French brewing regions, especially in colder weather.

The flavor is very malt forward with caramel and hints of toast. The aroma is complex malt with a earthy yeast character. The balance is definitely malty, barely balanced by hops. These French style beers are great with hearty, rich foods like steak, roast pork, beef stew and simple desserts.

The normal gravity range for a Biere de Garde is 1.060 -1.080 with an ABV range of 6 - 8%. Bitterness is low to medium on this beer around 25-30 IBUs with color 8-12L (pale to amber) and attenuation/body is medium/full.

Figinator - (Biere de Garde) - All Grain


Batch size 5 gallons
Boil size 7.46 gallons
Boil time 90 minutes
Fermentables 16.25 pounds
Efficiency 70%
Original gravity 1.081
Final gravity 1.016
Alcohol (by volume) 8.5%
Bitterness (IBU) 29
Color (SRM) 8.6L
Yeast
5.58 ounces
3726 - Bier de Garde
Wyeast (Ale)
1 pack
WLP072 - French Ale
White Labs (Ale)
1 vial

Fermentables
16.25 pounds
2 Row Base
37ppg, 2L
9.5 pounds
58%
Munich (Light)
34ppg, 10L
2.5 pounds
15%
Oats (Flaked)
38ppg, 3L
1.5 pounds
9%
Vienna
35ppg, 4L
1 pound
6%
Fig Syrup
16ppg, 6L
8 ounces
3%
Rye (Flaked)
29ppg, 3L
8 ounces
3%
Biscuit
35ppg, 25L
4 ounces
2%
CaraPils
33ppg, 2L
4 ounces
2%
Honey
30ppg, 20L
4 ounces
2%

Hops
1.5 ounces
Hallertauer
5%, Pellet
1 ounce
67%
Northern Brewer
9%, Pellet
0.5 ounces
33%

Single Infusion
1 hour, 9.76 gallons
Strike
Target 154F
5.24 gallons
167F
1 hour
Sparge 4.52 gallons
168F

Boil
90 minutes, 7.46 gallons
Northern Brewer hops
9%, Pellet
0.5 ounces
60 minutes (+30)
Hallertauer hops
5%, Pellet
1 ounce
30 minutes (+60)
Whirlfloc
Fining
1 tablet
5 minutes (+85)

Ferment
Primary - 5 days @ 72F
Secondary (63-73F) 14 days
Condition (32-35F) 3-4 weeks

Notes
Aerate wort in primary with pure O2 at 1 liter per minute using a 0.5 micron sintered stone for 60 secs.

Add Fig Syrup at beginning of boil.

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Published: September 6, 2012

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