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Old 09-13-2008, 12:10 PM   #1
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Default How long do you age Your Belgian Beers?

Currently I have 2 Belgian type beers in secondaries. One has been aging for 5 weeks, and the other for 3. With the high alcohol content, I was thinking right around 3 months og aging in the secondary for these beauts. What's your opinion for aging Belgian Beers?

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it won't hurt em at all. if'n you plan on bottle conditioning, maybe repitch with some fresh dried yeast at bottling time. my last big belgian was in the secondary about six months, there are still 12 bombers going on a year old now, if the browns manage to win a game this season, we'll drink them.

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Old 09-13-2008, 12:43 PM   #3
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it won't hurt em at all. if'n you plan on bottle conditioning, maybe repitch with some fresh dried yeast at bottling time. my last big belgian was in the secondary about six months, there are still 12 bombers going on a year old now, if the browns manage to win a game this season, we'll drink them.
LMAO about the Browns comment. As far as Football is concerned, we will see how my Pat's do woth there new QB.

These Beers will be kegged when they are done aging.
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I've got mine in primary for 1 month, thinking 2-3 months in secondary, then as long as I can stand in bottles. I overshot the gravity on mine. I was going for 8.3%, but it will end up at about 9%. Whoops.

After 3 weeks in primary, it smells like it won't be ready for a loooong time.

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I have a Belgian strong dark ale that's been bottle aging for about 6-7 months. It's gotten steadily better over time.

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a month in primary and 3 months in secondary sounds good. i bulk aged a dark strong ale for over 6 months before bottling. it's been sitting under the steps in bottles for the last year. we open around halloween.

that reminds me, i have another dark strong to bottle. it's been in secondary a few months....sometime next week i should take care of that

if you're going to keg them, it'll be nice to have all the yeast settle out with the extra aging. i would let them sit in the kegs for at least another month or two.

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Right now I think I am going to go with 2 1/2 Months in the Secondary, then 2 Months in the Keg.

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I brewed a dubbel today, not sure how long to secondary it. Its gonna hard to be patient.

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I brewed a dubbel today, not sure how long to secondary it. Its gonna hard to be patient.
Same with my tripel. Is this gonna be a new year beer?
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Same with my tripel. Is this gonna be a new year beer?
I brewed a trippel last fall (November), and bottled it some time in January this year. It tastes the best now, after 8 months in bottles. Be patient, particularly with big beers. I'm disappointed that I drank as many of them as I did, since the flavor has gotten so much better. Same happened with a stout I made.
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