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Old 04-23-2009, 11:52 PM   #1
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Default Experimental Belgian Golden Strong Ale

OK so I recultured a yeast from 6 Duvel bottles to make a Duvel clone. However I had very poor sanitation practices while making the starter. This may be due to drinking several of the Duvels. Anyway, so my starter is obviously moldy and gross but still active. So when I make my all grain Duvel Clone I just used Wyesat 1388 and all was well.

But I still don't want to throw out that starter and I had some old Hallertau lying around so I spent 15 bucks on a can of malt extract and decided to experiment.

Malts:
6 LBS Liquid Malt Extract
2 LBs Cane Sugar

Hops:
3oz Hallertau 60 minutes
1oz Hallertau 15 minutes

Yeast:
Moldy 64oz Duvel Starter.

Anyone want to guess how this is going to turn out? Maybe after a year or two in the bottle it will be drinkable?

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Old 04-24-2009, 12:23 AM   #2
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Just the way you describe the starter makes me want to line up and try it...

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wait a minute- you were drinking the duvels right out of the bottle?

Even if you weren't, the preferred method is to heat the opening of the bottle with a lighter and let it cool to get rid of any bugs on it, before adding some clean water to get out the dregs.

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im thinking serious infection..gut wrenching stabbing pains and possible botchulism resulting in death..sign me up

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im thinking serious infection..gut wrenching stabbing pains and possible botchulism resulting in death..sign me up
Or it'll be the best beer you've ever brewed and you'll never be able to duplicate it.
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Old 04-24-2009, 06:03 PM   #6
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wait a minute- you were drinking the duvels right out of the bottle?

Even if you weren't, the preferred method is to heat the opening of the bottle with a lighter and let it cool to get rid of any bugs on it, before adding some clean water to get out the dregs.
I wasn't drinking it straight from the bottle. I poured them into glasses but forgot to sanitize the bottle openings when pouring the yeast into the sanitized starter. That's what the problem was. So far everything looks fine though.....
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Old 06-04-2009, 06:56 AM   #7
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As a follow up. This beer wasn't mold at all. It fermented out great. My grandma is visiting from out of town in a month or so & she likes sweet fruity beers. So I added some raspberry extract and will make this a raspberry belgian ale. It should be good and for unknown reasons a moldy starter into fresh wort did not turn into a moldy beer!!

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Old 06-05-2009, 02:03 AM   #8
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You are going to try it first right??? You aren't going to give Grandma the first bottle of your poison........

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