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Old 12-21-2006, 09:12 PM   #1
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I'm about to brew a batch Belgian Strong Ale. But I donít know what is the better option bottling or kegging it? If you have experience dealing with Belgian strong Ale let me know what you prefer.



 
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Old 12-21-2006, 09:15 PM   #2
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No experience but....

If it's strong then it's gonna take a while to drink and it ties a keg up. I'd go for 12oz bottle.

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Old 12-22-2006, 06:52 AM   #3
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I'm about to brew a batch Belgian Strong Ale. But I donít know what is the better option bottling or kegging it? If you have experience dealing with Belgian strong Ale let me know what you prefer.
I just finished my last bottle of Belgian Strong on its 4th birthday. These beers can be cellared for 10 years. Its easier to stash bottles than a keg besides, do you have enough kegs to allocate for the life of an aged ale? Bottle in 12's and maybe a few bombers just for parties.

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Old 12-22-2006, 08:37 AM   #4
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Bottles. For all the reasons stated.

You can age it and if it's strong, 12 oz may be all you need at one time.

I bottle all my strong stuff. And every 9-10% brew I've ever made got aged many months before cracking open a bottle. I don't want a keg tied up that long.
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Old 12-22-2006, 09:10 AM   #5
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I just bottled my belgian strong. Not planning on touching it for at least a month, probably longer. I vote bottles!
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Old 12-22-2006, 02:33 PM   #6
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Thanks for in the help. I will bottle in 22oz bottles. How long did it stay in the secondary?

 
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Thanks for in the help. I will bottle in 22oz bottles. How long did it stay in the secondary?
I fermented in the primary fermenter for 7 days or until fermentation slowed, then siphoned into the secondary fermenter for approximately 6 weeks. Primed the beer in the second stage with another dose of the same strain of fresh yeast 3 days before bottling. Bottled when fermentation is complete, target gravity is reached and beer has cleared.

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