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Old 11-26-2011, 06:35 PM   #11
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Better yet, split a batch and try your ideas!
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Old 11-26-2011, 06:38 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DMartin
Two questions:

1. Could I harvest a bottle of Hoegaarden for yeast?
just make sure you harvest enough, and do step starters from 100 mls (gravity ~1.040) to 1000 ml's, then up again if you want have enough to pitch and save some for future use.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:40 PM   #13
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I'm planning on brewing this up tomorrow and I'm very excited about it. I've got my starter going on the stir plate at the current moment.

My question may be a little stupid but I'm wondering if there was a way with this recipe to up the alcohol content slightly. I recently sampled a local brew belgian witbier that was around 9% and it was a beautiful golden color with similar spice notes, just higher in alcohol content adding (at least to my impression) more of a belgian brewing style to it.
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:39 AM   #14
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Long boil and/ or sugar. Be careful though.
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:43 AM   #15
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Long boil and/ or sugar. Be careful though.
i apologize, i just researched the beer i was thinking this would be close to and it turns out that one is a belgian strong pale ale.

I'm not going to try and ruin your recipe haha. I will make it how you've perfected it and try the other one on my next batch.

Thanks for the recipe, I will let you know how it turns out.

Since its my first all grain batch and I am new to the brew process, I'm trying to keep a little photo record of it (photography is my other hobby)

If you're interested:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/belg...tation-283538/

thanks again
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:51 AM   #16
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You bet! Have fun, it's a great hobby! Try making the Belgian strong and using washed yeast (recommended) from this batch or rack onto the yeast cake (another, less preferable option) to save some money on yeast. Post your pics too, it's fun to document your brew days. I would love to do that a bit better, but am terrible with a camera. Best wishes on tomorrows brew day!
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Oops, thanks for posting your pics on that thread! Well documented! Keep me posted!
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:11 PM   #18
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quick question.

recipe says its for a 5 gallon batch but i just finished my mash according to your recipe and ended up with about 7 gallons of wort... am i supposed to cut this back to 5 before adding the hops and extras or continue on and only fill the carboy to 5?
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:21 PM   #19
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Looks like your efficiency was better than mine, or your grain absorption was less, or your boil off was less (either from a less vigorous boil or higher humidity or lower altitude).

Either way, as long as your Gravities were on, you will simply will have more beer to enjoy! Way to go!
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:24 PM   #20
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Or you're talking preboil volume. If so, just boil away, chill, whirlpool and get what you get!

Your Preboil gravity =1.0??
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