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ne0t0ky0 05-06-2012 12:29 AM

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Brewed this last night, currently fermenting at 72F... blowoff tube needed.
First time brewing on my new setup so didn't hit my numbers exactly, OG 1.061, target of 1.065. But I did get my 6G volume. Used a 3L starter of Wyeast 3522 (Ardennes instead of the strong). A quick side-by-side with a NB Belgo shows that the color is almost identical. Only time will tell if the rest of the recipe is on target.


ne0t0ky0 05-27-2012 01:19 PM

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After 12 days in the primary... OG was 1.061, short about 4 points, and I hit 1.017 FG. that works out to close to 6%. I was shooting for 1.018 so that worked out nicely.

First, the color is still spot on. Second, the aroma ... I can't even describe how wonderful this is... but spot on... An amazing fruity, orange, grapefruit... just magical smell mixed with just the slightly hit of clove and belgian banana... perfect...

Taste... close, but so far it's just way too young... The dry-hop bitterness is overwhelming the flavor now and a bit too dry in flavor (a little odd with an FG of 1.017).. going to take a few more weeks (or more) to let the malt profile come out... going to shoot for this to be ready second week of June... I wish I could rush it, but it's so close to being a clone...

Thinking of a rebrew, I'm only looking to bump up the gravity to hit about 7% and maybe up the honey malt to really let the sweetness come out as well, maybe a water profile adjustment more toward malty.


ne0t0ky0 05-27-2012 01:19 PM

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After 12 days in the primary... OG was 1.061, short about 4 points, and I hit 1.017 FG. that works out to close to 6%. I was shooting for 1.018 so that worked out nicely.

First, the color is still spot on. Second, the aroma ... I can't even describe how wonderful this is... but spot on... An amazing fruity, orange, grapefruit... just magical smell mixed with just the slightly hit of clove and belgian banana... perfect...

Taste... close, but so far it's just way too young... The dry-hop bitterness is overwhelming the flavor now and a bit too dry in flavor (a little odd with an FG of 1.017).. going to take a few more weeks (or more) to let the malt profile come out... going to shoot for this to be ready second week of June... I wish I could rush it, but it's so close to being a clone...

Thinking of a rebrew, I'm only looking to bump up the gravity to hit about 7% and maybe up the honey malt to really let the sweetness come out as well, maybe a water profile adjustment more toward malty.


ne0t0ky0 05-27-2012 01:19 PM

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After 12 days in the primary... OG was 1.061, short about 4 points, and I hit 1.017 FG. that works out to close to 6%. I was shooting for 1.018 so that worked out nicely.

First, the color is still spot on. Second, the aroma ... I can't even describe how wonderful this is... but spot on... An amazing fruity, orange, grapefruit... just magical smell mixed with just the slightly hit of clove and belgian banana... perfect...

Taste... close, but so far it's just way too young... The dry-hop bitterness is overwhelming the flavor now and a bit too dry in flavor (a little odd with an FG of 1.017).. going to take a few more weeks (or more) to let the malt profile come out... going to shoot for this to be ready second week of June... I wish I could rush it, but it's so close to being a clone...

Thinking of a rebrew, I'm only looking to bump up the gravity to hit about 7% and maybe up the honey malt to really let the sweetness come out as well, maybe a water profile adjustment more toward malty.


ne0t0ky0 06-17-2012 01:17 AM

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Brewed this 6 weeks ago. The aroma during dryhop was amazing; and I think next time I might hold off on dry-hop till much closer. This beer needed about 6 weeks to get the flavors settled. It started with a nice balance but had a fairly spicy, dry finish which comes from the yeast, not the 1.017 FG finish. I hadn't had a Belgo since I brewed and my local store finally had some more in stock so it was time for a side by side.

First, they've got me on clarity (a little bit of chill haze as mine clears up above 55F); but, otherwise, I was surprised how close these two are in color, aroma and taste. I had recalled NB Belgo being a bit smoother and not nearly as spicy; but the spice in the homebrew version has mellowed since previous tastes and it's just about the same in the NB Belgo.

Aroma is nearly identical; only slight difference would be just a touch more of bubblegum coming out of the NB versus mine. I had been thinking that I should switch the yeasts and up the malt for a v2; I might just leave it and change the fermentation profile. Instead of 72F for 2 weeks, start at say 68F for two days and rise up to 72F... might curtail the spice a bit. Not sure how to pull more bubblegum out of the 3522... but this is going to be so much fun trying since it's really a fantastic tasting beer and recipe.


ne0t0ky0 06-17-2012 01:17 AM

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Brewed this 6 weeks ago. The aroma during dryhop was amazing; and I think next time I might hold off on dry-hop till much closer. This beer needed about 6 weeks to get the flavors settled. It started with a nice balance but had a fairly spicy, dry finish which comes from the yeast, not the 1.017 FG finish. I hadn't had a Belgo since I brewed and my local store finally had some more in stock so it was time for a side by side.

First, they've got me on clarity (a little bit of chill haze as mine clears up above 55F); but, otherwise, I was surprised how close these two are in color, aroma and taste. I had recalled NB Belgo being a bit smoother and not nearly as spicy; but the spice in the homebrew version has mellowed since previous tastes and it's just about the same in the NB Belgo.

Aroma is nearly identical; only slight difference would be just a touch more of bubblegum coming out of the NB versus mine. I had been thinking that I should switch the yeasts and up the malt for a v2; I might just leave it and change the fermentation profile. Instead of 72F for 2 weeks, start at say 68F for two days and rise up to 72F... might curtail the spice a bit. Not sure how to pull more bubblegum out of the 3522... but this is going to be so much fun trying since it's really a fantastic tasting beer and recipe.


ne0t0ky0 06-17-2012 01:17 AM

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Brewed this 6 weeks ago. The aroma during dryhop was amazing; and I think next time I might hold off on dry-hop till much closer. This beer needed about 6 weeks to get the flavors settled. It started with a nice balance but had a fairly spicy, dry finish which comes from the yeast, not the 1.017 FG finish. I hadn't had a Belgo since I brewed and my local store finally had some more in stock so it was time for a side by side.

First, they've got me on clarity (a little bit of chill haze as mine clears up above 55F); but, otherwise, I was surprised how close these two are in color, aroma and taste. I had recalled NB Belgo being a bit smoother and not nearly as spicy; but the spice in the homebrew version has mellowed since previous tastes and it's just about the same in the NB Belgo.

Aroma is nearly identical; only slight difference would be just a touch more of bubblegum coming out of the NB versus mine. I had been thinking that I should switch the yeasts and up the malt for a v2; I might just leave it and change the fermentation profile. Instead of 72F for 2 weeks, start at say 68F for two days and rise up to 72F... might curtail the spice a bit. Not sure how to pull more bubblegum out of the 3522... but this is going to be so much fun trying since it's really a fantastic tasting beer and recipe.


Jshine42 11-05-2012 11:51 PM

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After six weeks here it is. Finished down at 1.014 7.2% and quite tasty.. I love the recipe; however, my LHBS only had WLP500 and the first couple of pours where pretty close but the latest one is all banana My ferm temps did get up into the 74-76 range so I think that's what brought that out. I did drop that after 2 days back down to 68. Even if it's not exactly what i was going for, it's still a damn tasty beer.



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