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Old 01-21-2013, 02:49 PM   #11
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Also, shouldn't a tripel be lighter?
I think that was about the color I ended up with. I think that candi sugar carmelizes easily and gets you that slightly darker color, but that's just my hypothesis. Also, I ended up at about 1.030 and it looks like that's pretty much where everyone else who has commented ended up. It's a decent beer but not quite what I was hoping for. Mine was also a little too sweet. Was hoping for something a little drier. I think you're onto something with the yeast. I've been having a similar problem with all my kits but I've only used dry yeast so far. I think if you use liquid yeast or a do a yeast starter you might get a little more attenuation. I'm an amateur though, so it would be best if an experienced brewer could chime in on my comments.
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:42 PM   #12
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I brewed this kit once when i first started brewing. It was actually the first kit that i didnt alter in some way. I brewed it for a camping trip and it was a popular choice. We finished all the home brew before we finished the stuff ever one else bought.

I reccomend giving your carboy a stir and kicking up the yeast cake. that will help get things going again, you should see active fermentation soon after. Also, I didnt 2ndary the beer, it didnt really need it. I just transfered to the bottleing bucket and let it settle for 24 hours before bottling. Added some priming sugar syrup and stirred gently right before we bottled.

good luck and enjoy!

oh on another note, according the BJCP guidelines: my beer actually turned out to be a Belgian strong ale with that kit.
Could you post instructions for making that in one fermenter? Many thanks!
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:31 PM   #13
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First off I would suggest when you brew a batch, leave it alone for 2 weeks, don't touch it or do any readings.

If it's stuck at whatever then it is what it is. I've yet to have a FG reading that was still to high and do something to "fix" it.

I've shakin, stirred, pitched more fresh yeast, done wild chants around camp fires, you name it and it did nothing to the FG. yeah it sucks but it's still beer....

I did a tripel a week ago (not a brewersbest kit) and have no plan to check the gravity for 3 weeks, then will let it sit for another 3 weeks before it goes to bottle where it will sit for a month or so before I taste it.....

From what i've read these belgian tripels take a LONG time to age and get that good taste to them.

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Old 01-22-2013, 03:36 AM   #14
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I did not touch mine for A MONTH and it finished at 1030

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Old 01-22-2013, 07:50 PM   #15
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Just did a gravity reading on my tripel that is 10 days old an it was 1.018

OG = 1.078

This was a partial mash that should be around 8% so it's right on target.

I would suspect that the kit simply does not supply enough yeast which is why it seems to be stopping at 1.030 for most people that brew this kit.

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Old 01-22-2013, 11:02 PM   #16
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I too am trying this kit and it was very active for a few days(7) so I racked it to my bottling bucket after it stopped and have let it sit for several more days (17 days total).Where should my readings be at this point as I will be taking a reading shortly.

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I know those kits say rack or bottle after 5-7-10 days or something but you should really let that yeast do it's thang for 2-3 weeks especially with a high gravity beer. Take a reading and see were it's at, hard to say to be honest.

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O.K I too am at 1.030 although I suck at hydrometer readings some times it's hard for me to float correctly (sticks to the sides).

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I just racked mine to a glass carboy secondary after 4 weeks in the primary. SG was 1.09 and FG was 1.03. The kit actually did come with Abbey dry yeast. Mine is also dark for this type of beer. I plan on leaving it in secondary at 74* for 2 months before bottling... unless there's a reason to do it differently.

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I did the same kit a 2 years ago. I left it for 3 weeks before I took first reading. Was around 022 if I remember. ... wasn't as low as I wanted so I gave a vigorous shake and let in some air, seemed to do the trick and dropped it down to 012 in a few days, repeated and left for 2 more weeks and fg ended up at .009.
I also added an extra 1/2 llb or 1lb dme to boil to bring up og I don't remember which. I made this for our Christmas beer for all the neighbors that stop by on thanksgiving night when we turn on the Christmas lights. Went over very well.

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