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Old 01-20-2010, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default Anyone brewed: DK Belgian Pale Ale Limited Edition ?

I just ordered "DK Belgian Pale Ale Limited Edition Extract Kit" with Wyeast 3655 PC Belgian Schelde Ale yeast from Northern Brewer. http://www.northernbrewer.com/defaul...tract-kit.html

Wondering if anyone has brewed this kit before?
Used this yeast before? Thoughts/tips...
What do you think of the recipe as it stands...?

Should be here Friday... I am curious about the yeast in particular. What kind of performance it may give me, and I wonder if anyone out here knows what the source of it may be....




Wyeast 3655-PC Belgian Schelde Ale Yeast
Beer Styles: Belgian Pale Ale, Belgian Specialty Ale, Belgian Dubbel and Tripel, Belgian Strong Golden and Dark Ales, Belgian Blonde Ale, Flanders Brown/Oud Bruin
Profile: From the East Flanders - Antwerpen region of Belgium, this unique top fermenting yeast produces complex, classic Belgian aromas and flavors that meld well with premium quality pale and crystal malts. Well rounded and smooth textures are exhibited with a full bodied malty profile and mouthfeel.

Alc. Tolerance 11% ABV
Flocculation medium
Attenuation 73-77%
Temp. Range 62-74°F (16-24°C)




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Old 01-22-2010, 04:28 PM   #2
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>>>>anyone?


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Old 01-23-2010, 01:00 AM   #3
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I believe the kit and yeast just came out January 1 2010. Not sure you'll get many responses...
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Old 01-23-2010, 05:48 PM   #4
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Fair enough... lol.

Guess I will have to report back then... I was still hoping someone was familiar with this yeast. But maybe it is too new as well.

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Old 01-26-2010, 05:18 AM   #5
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Default FIRST REPORT on DK Limited Edition Belgian Pale Ale

First report:

Fermenting along well.
-Ambient temp 65F Fermenting at 72F
-Brew is quite YELLOW in the carboy
-Krausen is not huge by any means
-Blowoff smells like swamp gas, not sulphury like 1007 Greman Ale, but stinky poo like swamp gas! Hope my beer doesn't taste like swamp mud, lol.
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Old 01-27-2010, 04:40 PM   #6
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UPDATE DAY 2-3:

Foul odor is decreasing to almost none now. Sweeter aromatics are coming through.

I think this may have been the fastest, most violent fermentation I have seen so far. Pitched Sunday afternoon and on Tuesday evening I would say it is probably 85% finished fermenting. I used a smack pack with no starter.

Wort started out medium-brown/amber. Now the fermenting beer is a light tan/yellow.

The krausen never got to be very large, in fact I thought it was pretty small (~1" high in a 6.5 gallon carboy) Compared to every other batch I have done. Krausen was mostly white head-like foam with a small amount of 'brown clumps' around the outside edge. Come to think of it, the smack-pack inflated as fast as I have ever seen one inflate. After 45mins -1 hour, the smack-pack was almost ready to burst. (Thoughts?)

The sediment on the bottom of the carboy is very thin too. Maybe ~1/8" brownish-tan sediment with another ~1/8" white sediment on top of that. (I assume the white sediment IS yeast, all other yeasts I have seen so far have been tan...wtf?).

Join the conversation if anyone out there is using this yeast/making this kit... I would like to hear your experiences...

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Old 01-27-2010, 07:39 PM   #7
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I've got the all-grain version on my to-brew list. Looking forward to it.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:09 PM   #8
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when i ordered the ag kit they were out of Wyeast Schelde so I'm using Pacman instead. I don't think I'll get the typical Belgian flavors - instead of using another belgian yeast i went with Paman since i've never used it before and wanted to give it a try.

I plan on brewing this kit Saturday as my first AG. Hopefully all goes well.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:51 PM   #9
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I had to wait on the yeast. But I did get it.

But like I said in my earlier posts, the gas coming out of the fermentor did not smell like the usual. It smelled like rotten stinky poo swamp gas for the first two days. Now it is starting to sweeten out and I am getting some aromatic smells. Should be interesting to see what it is like when I get home today. The yeast at the bottom of the fermentor is a pure white color too. That I haven't seen before.
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:46 AM   #10
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I brewed this saturday and due to an interupted sparge (friends dog jumped the fence and took off for the hills) og came out 1.044. Checked the gravity tonight and it was 1.008. First time I've used a starter and it seemed to work pretty well with the pacman yeast.


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