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Old 01-27-2011, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default Is a Belgian Tripel too ambitious for a second brew?

My first brew was bottled on Sunday, and I am already thinking about my second brew. My kit came with a secondary carboy, so I figure I should try to brew something that would actually utilize it. I am really into Belgian strong ales right now, so I found two extract kits: one from Northern Brewer and one from Midwest Supplies.

Northern states that the beer will be drinkable in three month, where Midwest calls for 9-12 month in a secondary. Why is there such a huge difference in fermentation time? Which one of these kits would you recommend? Am I biting off a little too much?

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Old 01-27-2011, 05:52 PM   #2
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They are no different than any other beer other than the time involved in fermenting. I would say go ahead and brew it but have another one in mind to brew while you wait for this one.

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Old 01-27-2011, 05:52 PM   #3
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9-12 months in secondary? That's ridiculous.

It's not too ambitious as long as your techniques are sound. You really need to pitch the right amount of yeast, and the ability to ramp up temperature will help considerably to get the right degree of attenuation.

My tripel was more than drinkable after a couple of weeks and took a medal in the state fair at two months old.

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only thing with triples is that they are usually fermented a lot warmer, like 75F - 80F

so if you can hit that, you should be fine. i'd say go for it.

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@logan3825, I know I'll brew something else before I drink the tripel.

@smizak, Since I would be buying a kit, won't it come with the correct amount of yeast?

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@motobrewer, thanks for telling me. My current brew closet is at around 65, so I will have to reconsider.

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oh no, kits usually supply one vial/pack of yeast. if it's dry yeast, it's usually fine to just use that, but liquid are different. you usually have to use a starter for liquid yeast.

here's a calc that'll tell you how much yeast you need:
http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html

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Ah, thanks for the info about the yeast.

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regardless....i'd say brew it up. it will probably still be good beer.

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@motobrewer, which one of the kits would you recommend?

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