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Old 10-03-2012, 03:12 PM   #71
Akavango
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I don't know the trois pistoles either. I doubt i can find it here. As Long as you like it that is what matters.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:23 PM   #72
jsegnier
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I got my hands on some original Leffe radieuse today. Off course I had to compare it to my brew. I have to say that I was bluffed and it is really close to the original. The taste and color is spot on. The lacing and head retention is better on the original but on every other aspects that clone recipe does come close to home.

I'm almost running out of my stash. Will be brewing this one again soon.

 
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:30 PM   #73
Akavango
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I have had the same experience. Color and taste are spot on but lacking head retention and lacing. Now i use some wheat (about 150g or 5 OZ) in all my beers and that really helps the head retention and the lacing.

Save some of the last bottles to compare to you new batch. It will be depressing because it is just better when it is aged. So that means that you will need to age that new batch. Get yourself a pipe line so patience isn't that big of a problem.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:08 PM   #74
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Oh sure I'll save some, so I can't compare the 2. I'm curious to see the difference. I'll be brewing it on sunday.

I have a few other beers to make wait but so far this is my favorite one and always the one I turn to in time of need....

 
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Old 10-13-2012, 02:24 PM   #75
jsegnier
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Didn't get the chance to brew it last week end but finally did it this morning. Gravity ended a little higher at 1.081. Another round of patience begins....

 
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:04 AM   #76
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Got to try the first of my batch tonight. It turned out quite well. The "off" flavor that I had when I transferred it to the secondary is completely gone. It finishes a bit dry, but I don't have the original to compare it to, so it may be that it is supposed to.

Mine finished at 7.3%, which is bit lower than the original, but that was due to my poor mash efficiency. I have fixed that by getting my own mill and going from a converted rectangular cooler MLT to a converted 10 gallon Igloo MLT. Hopefully that will help me.

Anyway, I have a feeling that this beer is going to age very well.

Here is a pic of my first pour.


 
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Old 10-15-2012, 08:35 AM   #77
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I say this while at work in the morning, this look like a very tasty brew. Nice head. Enjoy it.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:10 PM   #78
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Just bottle this week end after 5 weeks in fermenter. FG was a little lower than expected but tasted seems to be very similar that when I first bottled it. The ABV is about 9%. How well tough for me.
If the beer is just as good as the first batch, I will have no complains.

How can you get such different results with the same recipe? I guess I will have to brew this a third time to see what I can achieve next.

At least 6 weeks before drinking the first one, almost unbearable.

 
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:32 PM   #79
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Good Job mate. How sure how you can get such different results with the same recipe but I have noticed that too. Fermentation temps can make a beer ferment lower that another one at the lower temp. I'm sure there are other factors but I haven't figured them out yet.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:36 AM   #80
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Quickly running out of them. This beer is great and very popular with my friends. Gonna have to brew this again in the next couple weeks. This is the first of the beer i made that I will rebrew. Thanks for the great recipe.

 
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