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Old 08-09-2009, 02:42 AM   #1
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Default Belgian Double - trouble

Okay I brewed a Belgian double and it looks and smells great. Tastes pretty good after a week or so in the bottle but it goes down warm, kind of like brandy. The OG was 1.072 and the FG was 1.008. I was shooting for something like a Grimbergen Double but this is off. Here is the recipe:

12# Pale Ale
12 oz Caramunich
8 oz Victory
4 oz Aromatic
4 oz Special B
2 oz Chocolate
1# Dark Belgian sugar

1 oz Fuggles @ 60 min
.5 oz Saaz @ 10 min

WLP 550 Fermented at 74F for almost 3 weeks.

Any ideas how to get closer to a Grimbergen or why the alcohol is so noticeably warm?


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It will be much better in a month or 3. Bigger beers take more time to come together. Don't rush this one, and your patience will be rewarded.

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Old 08-09-2009, 04:23 AM   #3
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Time. That's all it's going to need. One week isn't long enough to judge any beer, let alone one up in the 1.07+ range. A lot of bigger beers will need at least a month or two of conditioning before hitting their prime. In some cases you might even be shooting for closer to 6 months.

Put these bottles in a dark corner and don't check any more for at least another month. In the meantime, you should get another brew going

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