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Old 01-05-2012, 01:18 AM   #1
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Default First AG Belgian Golden Ale

This is my first Belgian 14lbs Belgian pale malt, 1lb Cara pils, 1/8 lb aromatic, 1lb clear candi sugar, 1.5oz styrian goldings, 1.5oz saaz, white labs 550 belgian yeast. So its been in primary for 18days. I just transferred it to the secondary. Its tastes a little hoppy and plenty of funk smell and the trub at the bottom had a little green in it. Does this sound normal so far? Not much flavor off of the yeast I was expecting more, does that come on with aging? Oh and the gravity started at 1.075 and ended at 1.010.

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Old 01-05-2012, 01:59 AM   #2
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Sounds delicious. Give it some time and you will be rewarded.

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Old 01-05-2012, 12:06 PM   #3
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Give it some time. Belgians are not like most brews and really do change with time. I brew them a lot and almost always leave them in the fermenter for 5-6 weeks. Then bottle. For bottle conditioning think months instead of weeks. They really do improve with time.

Belgians are not for those that do not have patience.

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Give it some time. Belgians are not like most brews and really do change with time. I brew them a lot and almost always leave them in the fermenter for 5-6 weeks. Then bottle. For bottle conditioning think months instead of weeks. They really do improve with time.

Belgians are not for those that do not have patience.
This.

I just had the last bottle of a Saison I brewed back in June the other day, and it was worlds better than the ones I started opening up after the prescribed 3 weeks after bottling.

If you aren't really tasting much flavor from the yeast, what temperature did you have it fermenting at? I ferment most of my Belgians in the mid-70's, mid-80's for my Saisons, and I'm happy with the ester/phenol production in my homebrews.
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