Belma APA

So i just couldn’t pass up 1lb of hops for $5. Mine were 11.3 AA. I made a pale ale and it’s quit tasty after 2 months. The description is right on for the orange and grapefruit taste. I enjoy it being from Florida and living in Idaho for the past 7 years. It reminds me of home:). They do smell like dirty feet when i opened the package:( I was hesitate on using them after that smell but quit nice with the following brew. Would love some feedback.

Recipe: Belma Pale Ale
Brewer: Quattlebaum
Asst Brewer:
Style: American Pale Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (30.0)

Recipe Specifications

Boil Size: 7.66 gal
Post Boil Volume: 6.86 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 6.00 gal
Bottling Volume: 6.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.050 SG
Estimated Color: 5.5 SRM
Estimated IBU: 40.6 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 80.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 88.0 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
9 lbs 13.5 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 94.5 %
5.0 oz Crystal Malt - 60L (Thomas Fawcett) (60. Grain 2 3.0 %
4.2 oz Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) Grain 3 2.5 %
0.73 oz Chinook [11.70 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 4 28.4 IBUs
0.25 oz Belma [11.30 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 5 6.5 IBUs
0.45 oz Belma [11.30 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 6 5.7 IBUs
0.25 oz Belma [11.30 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 7 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) [124.21 Yeast 8 -
1.00 oz Belma [11.30 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 9 0.0 IBUs
0.50 oz Cascade [6.40 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 10 0.0 IBUs

Mash Schedule: (208) Single Infusion, Medium Body, No Mash Out, Fly
Total Grain Weight: 10 lbs 6.6 oz

Name Description Step Temperat Step Time
Mash In Add 4.10 gal of water at 166.2 F 153.0 F 60 min

Sparge: Fly sparge with 5.01 gal water at 168.0 F

mash ph 5.6

I too have a belma apa in fermenter now that I just dry hopped with 2 oz (10 gal) and the grist included 5.5% crystal malt with c20, c40, and c80. Not sure if it is the grain or hops but it just doesn’t seem sweet enough.

Interested on how it turns out. Maybe it will need more conditioning.

Just brewed one up last week myself.

2 oz at 10 min, 2 oz at flame out and 2 oz DH will be the plan for me.

Bittered with 0.50 oz Warrior.

10.5 lb 2 row, 0.5 lb CaraPils and 0.5 lb Brewers Crystals


Bubbling away right now :smiley:

Try to get back to this in a month.

Just kegged a Belma bitter 15 mins. ago. Wasn’t impressed, but I’ve heard it tastes good after some aging.

I made 22 gallons in a single hop Pale Ale with 12 oz of Belma. People love it. I’m not going to buy more only because there are other hops that I need to use up and want to experiment with.

What was your recipe?

Yeah I have a Belma blonde on tap right now. Did an fwh with .5 ounces, 1 oz @60, 1 oz @10, and 2 oz @ flameout. I can’t believe how subtile the Belma hops is. The above descriptions are correct.

What was your recipe?[/quote]See below: I skipped the last DRY hops which would have been in the keg.

What was your recipe?[/quote]See below: I skipped the last DRY hops which would have been in the keg.[/quote]
Thanks Greg! Always nice to see how someone else does it. I too, bought a bit of Belma.

I have my Belma on tap right now.

9 lbs 6oz rahr pale ale
8 oz crystal 40


.5 oz fw
.5 oz 60
1.5 oz @5
1.5 oz dry hopping in the keg.

I pick up apricot/strawberry and grapefruit with mine.

All this recent talk of Belma makes me realize I’m going to have to brew one just to try it.