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Old 12-30-2009, 06:54 PM   #11
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Definitely want to try this one. On your belgian candy, did you use clear or dark? I assumed clear due to your description of a light color, but I wanted to make sure.
I used dark candy and crystal malt, so mine is a really dark golden color.

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I would give it more time to get the attenuation down a little bit, It will come down eventually. A possible re-rack into the secondary will give it another boost after 10 to 14 days.

I made a double with my last batch, it came out good. But not as good as this... I'm going to make this batch again soon. My plans are to get a starting gravity around yours, and i'm going to limit the hops slightly. I want to achieve somewhere around 20 to 21. I was thinking about adding this much 1.8oz hallertauer mittelfruh, .4oz styrian goldings, .8 chzech saaz.

But all in all, I don't want to alter this recipe that much. I think i'm pretty spot on with what I was trying to do. I just came back from Europe and visited Belgium and Holland and let me tell you this. This beer can hang with the best of them.

Also, I don't suggest using two vials with that high of a gravity (it's still not enough yeast to kick it off in a good fermentation). Next time have a starter ready. I saved all my yeast, what I did is. I took the yeast cake on the bottom of the bucket and put a little tap water in it. Mixed it up and split it in four mason jars. I used two of them already, one on the double and the other for a Christmas beer.

Best of luck, and keep us updated on your final results.
My attenuation didn't come down that much more, ended up at 21 like yours, but I think that might be due to mashing my grains at too high of a temperature. Not overly sweet at all even though a higher gravity. I let it sit in the secondary at 75F for three weeks and it reduced some of the spicy alcohol and estery flavors by a lot, but didn't reduce gravity. It also might be due to me not using a starter, which I would also highly recommend too. Still at about 11%, I think this is okay.

Really excited to taste this in about 2 months-I am bottle conditioning this beer with a little S-05 added in the bottling bucket. Its going to take some time to carb up properly. Plan on keeping some of this to condition until the summer and drinking the rest in the mean time.

Thanks for recipe, it tastes great already.
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Old 12-31-2009, 06:47 PM   #12
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Definitely want to try this one. On your belgian candy, did you use clear or dark? I assumed clear due to your description of a light color, but I wanted to make sure.
I used clear, but I actually used beet sugar. Which is the same thing and 1/3 the price.
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Old 12-31-2009, 06:50 PM   #13
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In reply to togabear,

I'm glade it taste good for you! I'm going to make this batch again soon myself. It was a big hit with all my friends. And it's one of those beers that you can get a girl to drink, it's also pretty strong...

As far as aging goes, I suggest around 45 days to 60 days. But it's most defiantly ready to drink at 30 days.

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This is sitting in my primary as I type...can't wait to try it out!

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Old 02-23-2010, 07:22 PM   #15
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Did any of you that made this follow the All-Grain version?? Just want to make sure that the conversion here was accurate. Excited to try this one. Thanks!

Also, my LHBS only has 1 WLP500, so I could just make like a 2 liter starter and pitch it after a couple days right??

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I made the extract version, but I used a 1L starter. (I'll have to see if I can find any unused 2L erlenmyer flasks at work). I couldn't wait and tasted it after 3 weeks in the bottle. Still WAY undercarbed, but it is gonna be an awesome beer.

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One more try. Anyone done the All-Grain version???

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I'm interested in doing the all-grain version of this as well. I'm going to be using amber candi sugar, and I'm ordering the grains right now.

We'll see how it turns out.

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Can't go wrong with it, from start to finish 30 days... This beer was gone in 5 days, all my friends loved it. Even my girlfriend who doesn't like beer. It's funny, I haven't had ONE person say they didn't like it.

If there was anything i could change, i would try to keep the IBU's down. I was at 23IBU's. I mean, it was still good though!

I would suggest this hop combo.. and really try to hit the .8 and such, i think it might a light difference on the hop profile. If you noticed, i used different hops, it was because i had to sub them in as replacements. (brew shop didn't have hallertauer mittelfruh)

1.8oz hallertauer mittelfruh
.4oz styrian goldings
.8 chzech saaz
I just brewed this one but I'm still not clear how you guys are saying you can drink an almost 9% beer in 30 days. Not really possible. Sure you can drink anything right after you bottle it, but I've never met someone that could brew a 9% beer and have it "ready" that quick.

Please explain. Thanks.
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One more try. Anyone done the All-Grain version???
I'm going to try it in a week or two.



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