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Forum: Belgian Strong Ale Yesterday, 06:26 PM
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Great choice! Next to Westvleteren, Trappistes...

Great choice! Next to Westvleteren, Trappistes Rochefort 10 is my favourite, although it tastes quite different. I have yet to try the Panneport Reserve Fisherman's Ale. I have never seen it in my...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale Yesterday, 04:25 PM
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What is your personal opinion of what beer comes...

What is your personal opinion of what beer comes closest to the taste of Westvleteren?
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-10-2014, 10:41 PM
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I agree - it must be the smoothness of the...

I agree - it must be the smoothness of the Westvleteren candi-syrup that likely makes it so much superior to St. B. The way the caramel syrup is made is likely a significant contributor in what gives...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-10-2014, 05:22 PM
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It's possible that the taste I detect in the St....

It's possible that the taste I detect in the St. Bernardus is a result of the dark malt, but it still has that strong, almost pungeant, molasses taste. I agree that it is likely a result of the use...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-10-2014, 03:08 AM
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Thanks, CSI. I think I got some of my information...

Thanks, CSI. I think I got some of my information backwards. I assumed that it was St. Bernardus who did the open fermenting, but it was actually Westvleteren. The strong molasses taste was in the...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-09-2014, 10:57 PM
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Based on the difference in taste, I suspect that...

Based on the difference in taste, I suspect that either the candi syrups are different, or the process (open fermentation?) causes the candi syrup to taste different. If it wasn't so expensive, it...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-09-2014, 05:00 PM
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From what I've read, open fermentation encourages...

From what I've read, open fermentation encourages the production of organic acids, some of which go on to form esters. So it's possible that some of the difference in the taste of a St. Bernardus 12...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-09-2014, 04:02 PM
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Hope this is still related to this thread, but...

Hope this is still related to this thread, but here's an interesting article about open fermentation:
http://www.brewery.org/brewery/library/OpenFerm.html
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-09-2014, 03:56 PM
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I've seen pictures of their open fermentation...

I've seen pictures of their open fermentation tanks. I wonder if that attracts some wild yeasts and gives it that peculiar sour molasses taste? Or could it be the additional oxygenation?
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-09-2014, 03:16 PM
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I have repeatedly heard how similar St. Bernardus...

I have repeatedly heard how similar St. Bernardus is to the Westvleteren. I let a St. Bernardus age for 7 months, and compared it next to a Westvleteren. There was no comparison - the two tastes were...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-09-2014, 03:03 AM
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No, I believe CSI was working on improving his...

No, I believe CSI was working on improving his own single malt version of saq's clone. See Page 175 of the messages (March 25). He said "We've been tinkering with subtle changes with the Westvleteren...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-08-2014, 08:56 PM
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Looking forward to the results. Do you have a...

Looking forward to the results. Do you have a recipe for this yet?
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-05-2014, 11:52 AM
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Thank you. Then I might try this captured yeast...

Thank you. Then I might try this captured yeast in the Westy clone. I'm quite amazed at how active it is, but then again, I'm mostly used to lager yeasts.
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-04-2014, 03:58 PM
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Has anyone tried capturing the yeast from an...

Has anyone tried capturing the yeast from an actual bottle of Westvleteren? I managed to capture it and grew it in a liter of wort starter. I was surprised at how vigorous it was, based on just a few...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-04-2014, 01:43 PM
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By the way, in my experience, most people seem to...

By the way, in my experience, most people seem to be unaware of this difference, and end up assuming instead, that their set-up efficiency is lower than it actually is, because they did not reach the...
Forum: Belgian Strong Ale 07-04-2014, 12:38 PM
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That is a problem with almost all recipes that...

That is a problem with almost all recipes that are designed for either 5 (bottling/kegging volume) or 5.5 gallons (ferment volume).

The recipe in this thread is designed for 5.5 gallons (ferment...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-10-2014, 09:35 PM
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Posted By Bottoms_Up
Thank you! Interesting concept! I hadn't thought...

Thank you! Interesting concept! I hadn't thought of that.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-10-2014, 09:01 PM
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Posted By Bottoms_Up
Just a follow-up observation. After I put the 5...

Just a follow-up observation. After I put the 5 pound CO2 container in the temperature controlled freezer for a day, the temperature definitely affected the pressure in the container - quite...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-09-2014, 03:24 PM
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Posted By Bottoms_Up
Excellent explanation! This fully answers my...

Excellent explanation! This fully answers my initial questions, and helps me in my choices. It's basically what I have been doing (because of the size of the tank, I leave it outside the freezer and...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-09-2014, 12:48 AM
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Posted By Bottoms_Up
Not worried - just trying to understand.

Not worried - just trying to understand.
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-08-2014, 04:00 PM
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Posted By Bottoms_Up
Yes, but not in my situation. I do not keep the...

Yes, but not in my situation. I do not keep the CO2 connected all the time after the keg has reached it's optimum saturation level. I only connect it when I pour a beer. But as someone else...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-08-2014, 01:27 PM
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Posted By Bottoms_Up
Thank you. That clears it up. I guess the other...

Thank you. That clears it up. I guess the other advantage to having the CO2 container inside the temperature controlled freezer (or kegerator, etc.) is that the cooler temperature of the CO2 won't...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-08-2014, 12:51 PM
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Posted By Bottoms_Up
Thank you for your response. I'm still confused....

Thank you for your response. I'm still confused. There are all sorts of tables showing how many volumes of CO2 one must use for certain types of beer, which vary according to the temperature of the...
Forum: Bottling/Kegging 03-07-2014, 08:58 PM
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Posted By Bottoms_Up
CO2 Tank Inside or outside Kegerator/Freezer

Regarding the placement of the CO2 tank (outside or inside the Kegerator/Freezer) I have the following questions:

1. In general, if you have the space, what are the advantages/disadvantages or...
Forum: Light Lager 02-16-2014, 03:55 PM
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Posted By Bottoms_Up
Thanks for the recipe, shaigl. As for the hops, I...

Thanks for the recipe, shaigl. As for the hops, I think that Halertauer and Saaz are quite standard for Grolsch. The only thing I would change is the Northern Brewer bittering hops. I've used them a...
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