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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 12-27-2013, 07:47 PM
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Posted By LeFreek
"Wat in het vat zit verzuurt niet" is a Dutch...

"Wat in het vat zit verzuurt niet" is a Dutch saying, meaning something like if you plan something it will eventually happen. After a year of delay caused by late delivery of the yeast combined with...
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 11-08-2013, 12:43 PM
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Posted By LeFreek
Final update: I flushed all the beer with the...

Final update: I flushed all the beer with the "Bosteels" yeast from the bottle. The reference beer with Nottingham yeast is drinkable, but too dry. Alas, not all experiments are successful.
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 08-17-2013, 07:17 PM
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Posted By LeFreek
Couple of hours ago (remember ... it's 5 o'clock...

Couple of hours ago (remember ... it's 5 o'clock somewhere) we tasted the Karmeliet clone brewed with bottle yeast after 1.5 days of forced carbonation, and compared it with the real thing bottle...
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 08-11-2013, 01:58 PM
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Posted By LeFreek
@anh6513 and Ettels4 Good discussion and...

@anh6513 and Ettels4

Good discussion and thanks a lot for new info. Could you give details on the source of (1) Bosteels using 2 yeasts for Karmeliet, (2) hops being Styrian Goldings and Saaz...
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 08-01-2013, 10:31 PM
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Posted By LeFreek
And just when I thought that I killed this lively...

And just when I thought that I killed this lively thread!
I am really brewing like a monk with this beer, in other words: it is still lagering and I did not measure FG again. I would not worry...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-28-2013, 08:59 PM
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Posted By LeFreek
I combined info from lots of sources into the...

I combined info from lots of sources into the table enclosed showing Wyeast# - brewery - WhiteLabs# - dry yeast. Please feel free to comment and update.
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 06-28-2013, 01:19 PM
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Posted By LeFreek
I am currently conducting an experiment that may...

I am currently conducting an experiment that may interest followers of this thread. 2.5 weeks ago I brewed 35 liters of wort using GordonT's recipe for malt/sugar with wheat and oats chosen 50/50...
Forum: General Chit Chat 06-28-2013, 10:25 AM
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Posted By LeFreek
"Beercycling". That sounds like a dangerous...

"Beercycling". That sounds like a dangerous combination of words. Good luck. Need any advice from a local?

It sounds like you are involved in PubQuest. Compliments with this great initiative. I...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-28-2013, 10:13 AM
Replies: 21
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Posted By LeFreek
Found it (http://www.mrmalty.com/yeast.htm) and...

Found it (http://www.mrmalty.com/yeast.htm) and it is great. Thanks a lot. Makes communication between American and European homebrewers a lot easier. We are already struggling enough with units of...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-27-2013, 06:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,812
Posted By LeFreek
GuldTuborg, Thanks for pointing this out. I...

GuldTuborg,

Thanks for pointing this out. I am not familiar with WhiteLabs codes. Therefore used a table (http://www.brewboard.com/index.php?showtopic=44592) that stated WLP530 = Wyeast 1762....
Forum: General Chit Chat 06-27-2013, 05:24 PM
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Posted By LeFreek
Thanks for advice!

We visited Michigan, Indiana and some eastern states from the Netherlands in April/ May. In Michigan and Indiana, we visited New Holland, Bells, Roundbarn, Uplands and Lennies. Enjoyed Roundbarn the...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-27-2013, 05:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,666
Posted By LeFreek
Thanks for all the advice!

We visited the US from the Netherlands in April/ May. Thanks to the advice in this thread and others we managed to visit 7 brewpubs in total. Advice by bobbrews was particularly useful:


Greatly...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-27-2013, 03:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,812
Posted By LeFreek
WLP530 = Wyeast 1762 = strain used by the...

WLP530 = Wyeast 1762 = strain used by the Rochefort trappist monks? The Bosteels strain probably has a much lower attenuation. Was your pricewinning beer similar to Kwak or dryer?
I measured the FG...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-27-2013, 11:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,812
Posted By LeFreek
Akavango, I plan to do a Kwak-clone attempt in...

Akavango,
I plan to do a Kwak-clone attempt in coming brewing season, but with the original yeast (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/pauwel-kwak-yeast-148427/). I am currently gathering information...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 06-27-2013, 11:08 AM
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Posted By LeFreek
kwksilver, Two years is a long time for a first...

kwksilver,
Two years is a long time for a first reply, but nonetheless, here it is. I live in the Netherlands and am quite familiar with Kwak beer. Your description of the bottled beer is correct....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-27-2013, 11:05 AM
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Posted By LeFreek
You can harvest yeast from Karmeliet tripel. This...

You can harvest yeast from Karmeliet tripel. This is bottle conditioned, also from Bosteels brewery, and with a very high probability the same yeast. Dutch homebrewers achieved good results with this...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-30-2013, 07:27 PM
Replies: 291
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Posted By LeFreek
Personal top 5 (Dutch situation)

Kwak (Bosteels)
Jever pils
Rochefort 10
Baltika Porter (cheap, big Russian bottles)
Yeti Imperial Stout (Great Divide)

Do all these American beers actually exist?
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-28-2012, 08:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,709
Posted By LeFreek
Thanks for comments

SpeedYellow & tre9er,

Again, thanks for you useful comments.

@SpeedYellow: I am indeed using little over 1 L starter for a 5-gallon (=23 L?) batch of lager. What would you suggest instead?
...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-19-2012, 09:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,709
Posted By LeFreek
Please elaborate?

Yooper and BigEd,

Thanks for your excellent comments. These are things I will definitely do following your advice:

Use Wyeast #2042 Danish Lager yeast
Cut back Cara Pils to 3%
No sugar

...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-18-2012, 04:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,709
Posted By LeFreek
Advice on how to brew a "simple" pilsner lager

It is a known fact that pilsner lagers are the most difficult to brew for homebrewers. For the last 4 yours I did an attempt every year to brew a "simple", "supermarket", pilsner type lager. Never...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-18-2012, 03:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 599
Posted By LeFreek
Dutch style "Oud Bruin" (Old Brown)

If you would like to add some tradition, you could consider a Dutch style "Oud Bruin" (Old Brown). It is a sweet beer low in alcohol and bitterness, traditionally given to women recovering from...
Forum: Extract Brewing 11-12-2012, 01:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,992
Posted By LeFreek
Centennial aroma hops, flaked wheat+rye?

New development -> Europeans trying to clone American beers.
I don't have access to BYO material, but another thread on this forum lists the BYO recipe...
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 04-09-2012, 10:56 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 37,898
Posted By LeFreek
Gordon, Thanks for your reply. As I said,...

Gordon,

Thanks for your reply. As I said, excellent work which I am going to benefit from. I will keep you posted on my results.

For the yeast I will follow your approach, or maybe I will check...
Forum: Belgian and French Ale 04-06-2012, 09:57 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 37,898
Posted By LeFreek
Questions re recipe

GordonT,

Thanks for your excellent work on this clone recipe. I plan to brew my first Karmeliet clone in the next couple of months. I brew tripels appr. once a year, e.g. a Westmalle clone.

I...
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