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Old 02-03-2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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Default Belgian tripel in secondary

Ok so last weekend I racked my tripel from primary to secondary after 2 weeks. I added the 3.15lbs of lme at the beginning of the boil and added the 6lbs at the end. I read that this would help lighten up the color? This makes no sense to me but I thought I would try it. Looking at the tripel in the secondary it looks dark and reddish.. Is that normal?


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Old 02-04-2013, 03:26 AM   #2
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It keeps the color lighter because the wort will darken more with a concentrated boil. It is called melanoidin reactions.

The reason it looks darker in the ferementor is that it is a large volume. It you were to pour some in a glass you would see that it would look much lighter.


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Old 02-04-2013, 01:19 PM   #3
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Oh ok. What about the reddish tint though? Is that normal for a belgian tripel?
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It is in the red spectrum. I bet if you were to put some in a glass though you would see that it is pretty gold. What was your recipe?
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Oh I see. I don't recall the exact recipe but it is the NB belgian tripel extract kit
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Here's another question. The directions from northern brewer say 2 months in the secondary after two weeks in primary. Is this necessary?
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Secondary is not really necessary. Just get it fermented out all the way until it is done and then bottle it up. You can age it in the bottles.
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secondary will help it clear more and is basically aging it. if you want to age the beer for a while all together vs just in the bottle then leave it in secondary. a lot of poeple like the taste of fresh tripel so that's a consideration. i personally would maybe leave it in there for a week or 2 and then bottle.

a lot of people don't secondary because it technically isn't necessary. i stopped for a long time and have done it a couple times recently which really helped clarify my beers.
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So secondary is where a lot more of the spent yeast will drop out making it clearer. Correct?
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depends on the yeast strain but yes more does generally drop out as well as the opther material that's in there. how much headspace is in your secondary fermenter.


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