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Old 02-05-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
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Fellow brewers.I tasted my Belgian tripel that has been in the secondary because I didn't get an accurate reading in the initial and to me it has a sour taste. Much like a queasy stomach after a night of partying. Is this normal? It was an extract kit from BB. Will the smell die down after bottling?

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Old 02-05-2013, 01:13 PM   #2
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tripels take a very long time to mellow out, give it time, lots of it.

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Old 02-05-2013, 01:16 PM   #3
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How long since you brewed it? How long was it in the primary, and how long in the secondary? Which yeast did you use?

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Old 02-05-2013, 02:25 PM   #4
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How long since you brewed it? How long was it in the primary, and how long in the secondary? Which yeast did you use?
It was in the initial for 5 days. The fermentation was vigorous and quick. It has been in the secondary for 7 days now. The yeast was part of the BB kit so I don't remember specifics.
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Ya man way more time.. if it tasted good after 12 days nobody would wait 2 months. I would give it at least 3 more weeks before I even bottled and probably 2 weeks after that. Fermentation is a stinky process. I've smelt some and tried some of mine early on and been like what the fuk I effed up and ruined it, but they all turn out pretty good. Even if you do get some bugs in there it doesn't mean its ruined, you might just be making a sour now. If it tastes ****ty after its bottled just wait a while and try another, if it still sucks wait longer

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Old 02-05-2013, 03:10 PM   #6
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Well,those belgian trappist style ales all heve a lil sour bret funk to them. It's part of the style.
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send it to me, I have the patience to sit it on the shelf for 8 months before I crack them open.

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It was in the initial for 5 days. The fermentation was vigorous and quick. It has been in the secondary for 7 days now. The yeast was part of the BB kit so I don't remember specifics.
FYI that's too short a time in primary, especially if this is a true tripel (i.e. high gravity). i wouldn't think about moving it for at least two weeks.
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Ok. I'll let her in for many more weeks since all the responses have been describing the problem. You are the pro's and I thank you for your insight.

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i think i speak for many when i say that i'm not a pro, i just play one online

your beer may have a problem, or it may be just fine. the problem is that at such a young age it's hard to tell based only on an online description.

do you belong to a homebrew club? if you do, once you bottle you could bring a sample to a meeting and ask more experienced brewers (a BJCP judge would be ideal, but not always available) what they think.

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