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Old 08-19-2012, 08:45 PM   #1
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Default Time to stop lurking about and make some beer

Well, I have lurked around for a month now, I just finished putting my True Blue Belgian Ale in the fermenter.

3.3 lbs unhopped LME
1 lb light dried malt extract
1 lb light dried malt extract
1 lb wheat dried malt extract 1 lb Belgian candy sugar
Half lb of Malto Extract
Half lb pale grain malt
1 lb vienna grain
1 lb Belgian pilsner grain

Northern brewer 1 oz
Styrian Goldings 1 oz
Czech Saaz 1 oz

White Labs 530 Belgian Abby yeast

I tried to BIAB with my grains. I am not sure that there was enough grains to even try this, but it was easier than I thought. I think my next batch will be a lot more grains and attempt a full five gallon BIAB. The beginning gravity was 1.064.

Ok, now all I can do is wait.

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Old 08-20-2012, 01:20 AM   #2
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Saaz in a Belgian. I love it. I put Saaz in all my Belgian brews... There is just something about that hop that makes a Belgian beer taste right. That looks like a great recipe. Let us know how it turns out.

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Old 08-20-2012, 11:34 AM   #3
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Ok, now all I can do is wait.[/QUOTE]

Welcome to the hardest part of home brewing. So far for me at least.

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Old 08-22-2012, 12:50 AM   #4
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Well it has been almost 48 hours, I would think this beer would be blowing the top off the fermenter. Just a few bubbles, seems like it is hardly fermenting at all? I hate the wait, I used a liquid yeast, maybe I should have made a starter? Oh, well, no worries..

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Old 08-22-2012, 04:22 PM   #5
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Well, I woke up this morning, my blow off tube had become clogged and the lid of my Fermentor was blown off, I just replaced the lid and went to work.

Should I now be worried about foreign stuff in my beer? Will this effect the taste?

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Old 08-22-2012, 09:36 PM   #6
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Hi again. I got home from work and it looks like the foam pushed my lid off for a second time, don't know how long the brew has been sitting with the lid askew. I guess this may end up a wild beer? Now I am worried, I think I will have a homebrew and start a new batch?

Does anybody think this beer will turn out like it should?

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Old 08-23-2012, 03:18 AM   #7
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If it tastes and smells horrible, it is probably infected. If not, no biggie. Next time, three options:

1 Brew a smaller batch
2 Ferment in a larger container (6gal better bottle?)
3 use a larger blowoff tube

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Old 08-23-2012, 04:47 PM   #8
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If it tastes and smells horrible, it is probably infected. If not, no biggie. Next time, three options:

1 Brew a smaller batch
2 Ferment in a larger container (6gal better bottle?)
3 use a larger blowoff tube
Thanks, but, a smaller batch means less beer, owww, I don't like that.
I am using a 6.5 gallon comical.
Blow off tube has to be the problem, that and I need to find a way to make the lid secure.

This morning it still smelled good just lots of foam. I have brewed only 6 or 7 batches, but I have never seen a batch produce so much foam.

Does anyone think this foam will eventually drop into the beer?

Thanks.
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Old 09-02-2012, 12:52 AM   #9
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I took the SG reading today, it is down to 0.015, my calculations say it should go down to about 0.011. I will take another reading in about three days. I tasted it and it was very good, had a strong orangey tast which I was told that the Belgian Ale yeast will create.

I think this is going to turn out pretty good.

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Old 09-02-2012, 01:31 AM   #10
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If it keeps pushing the lid off, it would be pushing air OUT, not in... I seriously doubt that anything got INTO the brew with all that CO2 pushing out of the fermenter. You have about a 97% chance that everything will be fine. Try to relax. I suspect all will be OK.

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