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Old 03-26-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
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I brewed a quick Belgian Trippel extract last week . I slowly rose the temp of fermentation using a warming belt ( in plastic ) I got side tracked and forgot to check on it for a few days , when I did check the beer itself was at 80 degrees . I took a sample and it wasn't bad . Did this go bad or can I still save it?

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Old 03-27-2013, 05:21 PM   #2
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80 is definitely waaay too hot, but if you say you tasted it and it tasted OK, I'd see it through.

I would never use a warming belt on any beer, BTW.

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If it as towards the end of fermentation, you may have even helped it, but there's no way to be certain. Sometimes it helps to give you a little more attenuation, and under attenuation tends to be the crux of Belgians.
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I'd say finish it out. There's a good chance its ok. There is also the chance that unfortunately it may have added some off flavors. I abandoned a fermenter last summer to find it at 83 one day... and it was pretty off. But, it was at that temperature for a long time and was a hefe yeast. You may escape OK. I say wade it out.
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