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Belgian Memorial Day

05 Jun

As mentioned in a previous post, today was a day for brewing Belgian beer. The day was warm and muggy, and the temperature of the water from the hose was only able to get the temperature down to a bit less than 90 degrees.

Strong Golden 1.076 OG, 1.004 FG – 9.6% ABV

Tripel 1.068 OG, 1.004 FG – 8.5% ABV

They were mostly done with the active fermentation in less than 2 weeks, with a gravity of 1.010. The extra several months refined it even further to the final 1.004 @ 78F.

Notes:

  • Brew day was Monday, May 28th, 2012
  • Moved to secondary Saturday, June 9th, 2012
  • Racked to keg Sunday, September 8, 2012

 

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2012 in Brewing

 

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3 Responses to Belgian Memorial Day

  1. Scott

    June 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Just finished moving the Belgian Tripel to secondary (images added to gallery above). The gravity was 1.010 at 72 F, giving it a ABV of 7.7% thus far.

    According the directions, it should now sit in secondary for about 2 months or so.

    The taste is sweet, as expected from this style, the hops are readily apparent, though not overly strong. They left a bit of a bitter aftertaste on the tongue at the back of the mouth, which I anticipate will mellow and blend into the beer as it ages to fruition.

     
  2. Scott

    June 10, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Moved the Strong Belgian to secondary after the Tripel. It also had a specific gravity of 1.010 (perhaps on the edge of 1.009, but close enough for our purposes. This was at 76 deg. F. Given the OG was around 80 deg, this leads to an ABV of 8.9% thus far.

    The taste, while in the belgian style, wasn’t appealing to me or the royal taster; had too much banana flavor. My hope is it will improve with time. Will try it again in a few months.

    Pictures of the transfer added above.

     
  3. Scott Swanson

    September 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    The Trippel may be one of my favorite beers I’ve made yet! The taste is super crisp and light, but with a lovely flavor. They are under pressure now, so won’t be long till they are in the kegerator!

     

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