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Old 10-02-2009, 01:34 AM   #1
Jun 2009
Rio Grande Valley, TX
Posts: 63

No, not really. I just opened a bottle two days after bottling; the rest were 24x 22-oz and are conditioning for the next few months in the only air-conditioned room of the house (75F). This was the last, 3/4-filled bottle and has been kept in my 90F+ room for the since 2009-09-30 (Tuesday), and I decided I wanted to give it a try so I tossed it in my freezer for an hour and popped the top for a surprising "hiss". Yay, it is starting to carbonate!

Unfortunately, that's about all it has going for it right now. Blegh. The sweetness is very "ugh!"-worthy, and the alcohol bite is quite pronounced.

This was something inspired by Homebrew Chef: Westmalle Tripel Clone Recipe. I used a slightly different hop schedule to accomodate my supply (similar %AA), and used Beer Calculus to confirm IBUs were in spec for the style. Everything went swimmingly (OG 1.070) and it spent 6 weeks in a glass primary, with a gelatin fining addition two days prior to bottling. I used a quart of Sugar #5 after a week in primary, so I have no idea what my technical OG was, but my FG was 1.012 after 4 weeks. I bottled with 3.5-oz demerara sugar boiled with my first cup of runnings from the primary during transfer to the bottling bucket.

I can definitely taste the Tripel behind the green-mask, though, so I'm not really worried and just can't wait to bite into it in a month (and again in three months); I thought my hydrometer sample two weeks ago tasted exactly like the Westmalle I'd had back in August.

Guess I just came here to get some... Ah, **** it. I came here to gloat.
On Deck: Several Brews...
Primary: nuthin'
Bottled: #5-Cascade APA - OG 1.054 (2010-01-05 -> 2010-02-02), #4-Mega Chocolate Stout - OG 1.065 (2009-10-15 -> 2009-11-11), #2-Fresnos Tripel - OG 1.080ish (2009-08-18 -> 2009-09-30)
Dumped: #0-Improper Honey Infested Wheat
Consumed: #1-Proper Infested Wheat (bottled 08/04/2009), #3-Vanilla Porter - OG 1.062 (09/20/2009 -> 10/07/2009)
Infested Wheat: Hefeweizen made from the last, dusty bag of whole wheat from the old feed store 30 miles away.

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Old 10-02-2009, 01:41 AM   #2
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It'll get better. My tripel/belgian golden strong peaked at 4-6months

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Old 10-02-2009, 03:39 AM   #3
Dec 2008
Pittsboro, NC
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Gloat my friend, gloat hard, its good for circulation.

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