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Old 02-25-2011, 11:16 PM   #1
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It was the best of beers. It was the worst of beers. Anyway, about 7 weeks ago I brewed my first all grain as described here. Two weeks later, using the same process, finings, etc, but newfound knowledge, I brewed an all grain Newcastle clone from AHS that went much better. For the Chimay, I did two weeks in the primary and three in the secondary, and then into bottles for two weeks.
The Newcastle was 3 weeks in the primary, and then two weeks in the bottle.
Both beers were stored in my beer closet (~68-70 degrees). After a week, I sampled one of each. The Chimay was flat, young, but had a good flavor. The Newcastle was medium carbonated and great flavor. This week I sampled one of each again. The Chimay was still flat (not undercarbonated, but flat), but still with a good, but young flavor. The Newcastle is getting close to great.

Both beers are remarkably clear and have very little yeast sediment in the bottle, but noticeably less in the Chimay. I know that RDWHAHB is the answer, or shake them up and move them to a warm place (warmer than 70?), but somehow this is just a little wierd. Why such a different outcome with two beers with consistent finishing techniques?

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Same yeast, OG and FG?

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Old 02-26-2011, 02:08 AM   #3
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Same yeast, OG and FG?
No. Not at all, so the comparisons are sketchy.
The Chimay was a 1L Wyeast Belgian Strong Ale 1388 starter. OG 1.085 FG 1.010
The Newcastle was a 1L Wyeast Whitbread Ale 1099 starter. OG 1.057 FG 1.014
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Leave them at about 70 degrees for 2 weeks and then see how they taste! Honestly my brother, they will taste so much better after 2 weeks at 70 or above. I left about 2 carboys at above 70 degrees for two weeks and they tasted great! Give it time and have some craft beer!

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No. Not at all, so the comparisons are sketchy.
The Chimay was a 1L Wyeast Belgian Strong Ale 1388 starter. OG 1.085 FG 1.010
The Newcastle was a 1L Wyeast Whitbread Ale 1099 starter. OG 1.057 FG 1.014
Well there you go

Your two brews are really nothing alike at all, and are each doing their own thing. Enjoy!
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Your Chimay is a big beer, and those take much longer to bottle condition.

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Yeah. I guess I just I knew that and just needed reassuring.

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Yeah. I guess I just I knew that and just needed reassuring.
If it is really flat after 3 weeks you may have a serious problem. If it is just under carbed then RDWHAHB
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