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Old 06-17-2012, 01:17 AM   #11
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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.

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Old 09-04-2012, 07:13 PM   #12
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So how'd it turn out? Belgo is one of my favorites.

Yours looks great in the glass...any way you can upload an extract version? It'll be a couple years before I make the transition to all-grain.

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Old 09-04-2012, 07:37 PM   #13
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I turned out really well. I had some water issues, so I need to do a re-brew with all RO + salts to clean that up.

But it was really really promising. Here's the beersmith conversion... looking at it, I'd look at other extract recipes to see what they do about crystal and honey malt additions.


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
10 lbs 14.9 oz Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 3 100.0 %
21.23 g Simcoe [12.20 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 34.6 IBUs
28.31 g Centennial [8.10 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 5 15.6 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
28.31 g Cascade [5.90 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 7 6.0 IBUs
28.31 g Amarillo Gold [8.90 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 5.1 IBUs
1.0 pkg Belgian Ardennes (Wyeast Labs #3522) [12 Yeast 9 -
14.17 g Amarillo Gold [8.90 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Day Hop 10 0.0 IBUs
14.17 g Cascade [5.90 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days Hop 11 0.0 IBUs
14.17 g Willamette [4.30 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days Hop 12 0.0 IBUs

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Old 09-04-2012, 08:23 PM   #14
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Thanks...was this for your original 6 gal batch size or scaled down for a 5 gal extract batch? I'll hunt around for some belgian IPA extract recipes for ideas for steeping grains.

I harvested yeast from 3 bottles of Belgo over the weekend and have been stepping up slowly so I can brew this up on Friday. Looking forward to it!

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Thanks...was this for your original 6 gal batch size or scaled down for a 5 gal extract batch? I'll hunt around for some belgian IPA extract recipes for ideas for steeping grains.

I harvested yeast from 3 bottles of Belgo over the weekend and have been stepping up slowly so I can brew this up on Friday. Looking forward to it!
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Old 09-04-2012, 09:17 PM   #16
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Thanks...was this for your original 6 gal batch size or scaled down for a 5 gal extract batch? I'll hunt around for some belgian IPA extract recipes for ideas for steeping grains.

I harvested yeast from 3 bottles of Belgo over the weekend and have been stepping up slowly so I can brew this up on Friday. Looking forward to it!
I'd do some research on the bottling yeast that NB uses. I seem to recall that they do a flash pasteurization to there beers that kills the yeast, and then it's carbonated. I could be wrong though. You've got some yeast growth? Or something is growing.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:43 PM   #17
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Thanks for the heads up...I've found conflicting info on the Internet so I've emailed NBB. As for the yeast I have growing its actually from bear republic Racer 5, I've collected 3 bottles of Belgo dregs and was about to start it up tonight. I guess I'll wait for a response from NBB.

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Old 09-05-2012, 10:41 PM   #18
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I'm also quite curious about this recipe as its one of my favorites from NBB and also one of the girlfriends favorites as well. Id like to do an extract/partial mash steeping recipe. If anyone has any suggestions for a 5 gallon batch I'd love to hear them.

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Old 09-06-2012, 02:31 AM   #19
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keeping an eye on this one

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I can't find simcoe anywhere and want to brew this up. Maybe a Columbus instead of Simcoe?

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