Oyster Singel

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Oyster Singel (4.3% abv)
Beer and oysters may not seem like the best combination, but for those who love both, it’s absolutely perfect. A perfect oyster should taste like the water from which it was plucked. They’re light on the palate yet welcoming of a beverage to wash it down. However, not just any beer will do, the perfect beverage must be dry, easy-drinking, effervescent, and a little spicy. Singels are the littlest siblings to belgian dubbels and tripels. They are lower in alcohol, designed to be consumed with food, and provide a great base for this unusual combination. The presence of oysters in beers has traditionally been limited to oyster stouts. However, adding oysters to the boil of a singel gives it a minerality and a slight brininess which makes it truly delicious.
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Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr
Ingredients:
60-Minute Mash at 67°C
  1. 1.9 L (2 qt) water, with an extra 1.2 gal (4.5 L) for sparging
  2. 680g (1.5 lb) Belgian Pilsner malt
  3. 90g (0.2 lb) Cara-P25ils malt
  4. *All grains should be milled - see this page for information on milling
60-Minute Boil
  1. 2.8g (0.1 oz) Sorachi Ace hops
  2. 3 fresh oysters in the shell, rinsed
  3. 5.7g (0.2 oz) Saaz hops
  4. 2.8g (0.1 oz) Spaltz hops
Fermentation
  1. Belgian ale yeast, such as Safbrew T-58
  2. 65g honey, for bottling
Instructions:
Mash
  1. In a medium-sized stockpot, heat the 1.9 L (2 qt) of water over high heat to 70°C. Combine with all the malts and stir gently. The temperature should decrease to 66°C in around 1 minute. Take the pan off the heat. Steep the grains for 60 minutes between 62°C and 67°C. Every 10 minutes or so, stir and take a temperature reading. If the temperature of the grain becomes too cold, return it to heat and stir until the temperature returns to the specified range and then take it back off the heat. With 10 minutes remaining, in a separate medium-sized stockpot heat 1.2 gallons (4.5 litres) of water to 77°C. Once the grains have been steeped for 60 minutes, turn the heat to high and stir until the temperature hits 77°C. At this point, take it off the heat.
Sparge
  1. Position a fine-mesh strainer across a stockpot and pour the grains into the strainer, maintain the liquid. Pour the 1.2 gallons (4.5 L) of 77°C water over the grains. Recirculate the collected liquid through the grains once.
Boil
  1. Place the pot with the liquid in on the stove and bring to a boil over high heat. Once the liquid starts to foam, lower the heat to a slow rolling boils. After 30 minutes, add the Sorachi Ace hops along with the oysters (in the shell). Add the Saaz hops after 50 minutes. Prepare an ice bath by stopping the sink and filling it halfway with water and ice. After 60 minutes, take the pot off the heat and add the Spaltz hops. Place in the ice bath, cooling it to 21°C, this should take about 30 minutes.
Fermentation
  1. Use a funnel and strainer to pour the liquid into your fermenter (remember, it MUST be sanitized). Supplement with water in order to fill the to the 1-gallon mark. Add the yeast using your hands (remember to sanitize those too!) cover the mouth of the jug with one hand, and shake to distribute evenly. Insert the sanitized stopper and tubing to the fermenter and place the other end of the tubing into a bowl of sanitizing solution. As the yeast activates, this solution will bubble as gas is forced through the tube. After 2 to 3 days, once the bubbling has reduced, replace the tubing system with an airlock. Once a further 11 days has passed, bottle your beer using the honey - see this page for bottling instructions.
Notes:
For 5 Gallons:
60-Minute Mash at 67°C
  1. 9.5 L (2½ gallons) water, with an extra 6 gallons (22.7 L) for sparging
  2. 3.4kg (7.5 pounds) Belgian Pilsner malt
  3. 450g (1 pound) Cara-Pils malt
60-Minute Boil
  1. 14g (0.5 ounce) Sorachi Ace hops
  2. 15 fresh oysters in the shell, rinsed
  3. 28g (1 ounce) Saaz hops
  4. 14.1g (0.5 ounce) Spaltz hops
Fermentation
  1. Belgian ale yeast, such as Safbrew T-58
  2. 340g honey, for bottling
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