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Old 11-15-2010, 01:03 PM   #1
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I brewed the Belgian Tripel from Brewing classic styles yesterday and I have a question.

According to recipe the OG should be at 1.081.

I opted to not add the sugar to the boil, which is 2.5 pounds. I ended up with an OG of 1.070 (without the sugar addition).

Is then 2.5 pounds of sugar too much to add to this Belgian? Or does it need all the 2.5 pounds to finish at around 1.011?

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Old 11-15-2010, 01:44 PM   #2
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you need the sugar to reach the alcohol level a triple brings. The yeasts attenuation with the fermentables will bring the gravity down.

I'd take the sugar and add filtered water, then boil it on the stove top making a simple syrup. Then chill it to fermentation temps and add it to the fermenter.

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Old 11-15-2010, 02:02 PM   #3
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Ok. I understand what the sugars will do, I just want to make sure I don't too much.

But if my OG was 1.070 and I add 2.5 pounds of sugar to the fermentation won't I get too high of OG?

How many points does sugar add to the gravity?

The Preboil gravity (without the sugars) was supposed to be 1.063, so I don't think my OG of 1.070 was too high.

Is the suggestion then to just add the 2.5 pounds of sugar?

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Old 11-15-2010, 02:09 PM   #4
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Sugar adds about 42 gravity points per gallon. So 2.5 lbs will add 105 points. Presuming this is a 6 gallon JZ recipe, this would add 17.5 points to your beer bringing you up to 1.087. That's a bit high, though better to be 7 pts high than 10 pts low on a tripel, I think. If it were me, I'd add 1.75 lbs of sugar. This ought to get you to 1.082 and will be enough to bring down your FG nicely.

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Don't add it all at once either. I would do half of it when fermentation starts to slow down and then do the other half after it slows down again. Your gravity will be over 1.081 but it's a trippel, it's supposed to be strong so I wouldn't worry about it.

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Or does it need all the 2.5 pounds to finish at around 1.011?
What yeast? wlp530 -3787 or wlp550 -3522 should take it down to 1.006-8.
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Thanks for all the answers. I think I know what to do now.

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I'm sorry, I didn't read the question correctly.

If you are using cane(table) sugar, you get 46 points per pound per gallon. So 1.33 pounds sugar would give you close to 10 points.

you can add it all at once

http://homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.p..._.28Sucrose.29

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Also, your FG depends on the rest of your recipe as well. If you punched it into BeerSmith or something like that, I would work from their suggestion for FG.

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