- January 18, 2021 at 12:43 pm #435013Philma BiersteinParticipantRegistered On: May 28, 2020Topics: 49Replies: 168Has thanked: 1523 timesBeen thanked: 1029 times
- January 19, 2021 at 4:47 am #435288stephanie plumbBaroness - AnnualRegistered On: November 17, 2018Topics: 132Replies: 1599Has thanked: 2489 timesBeen thanked: 7021 times
I’ve done a few brews, but not like a professional like you. I love Belgian Beers too, but have only brewed from Brewferm kits (I think they have changed the name). They are pretty good, I have to say. About 8%.
My favourite commercial Belgians are Gulden Draak , Moinette Blonde and …. all of them really. If you like a quad you should try Samiclaus (Austrian 14%). Rodenbach Grand Cru for making a Belgian stew.
Before brexit it was cheaper to buy from Belgium than from UK beer stores, even with higher postage costs. Ordered some at the end of November, still waiting…………..
Three Gulden Draaks and an armchair – heaven on earth.
- January 19, 2021 at 9:25 pm #435695Philma BiersteinDuchessRegistered On: May 28, 2020Topics: 49Replies: 168Has thanked: 1523 timesBeen thanked: 1029 times
I like Gulden Draak and Samiclaus too. Used to sell a lot of those at the bar I used to work at. Rodenbach is also great! Their old head brewer was stolen by New Belgium years ago, and has since opened his own brewery in that town, Purpose Brewing (https://purposebrewing.com) that makes incredible beer. I have a Rodenbach Classic in my fridge right now. I love everything Belgian beer. Used to frequent a Belgian beer bar near my neighborhood in Baltimore.
I am partial to Rochfort 10, St. Bernardus ABT 12, and “Ressurection” (Belgian Strong Dark Ale) by The Brewers Art in Baltimore.
…and about 100 other Belgian or Belgian-style beers. Unibroue from Canada does some great beers!
I can talk beer all night. Seriously, why don’t we have a CD Brewer’s (and beer lovers) group on CDH?
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- January 18, 2021 at 3:13 pm #435076Alice UnderwireLadyRegistered On: September 16, 2019Topics: 20Replies: 2667Has thanked: 1815 timesBeen thanked: 5347 times
Sounds like this isn’t your first batch.
- January 18, 2021 at 1:59 pm #435042Falecia McGuireLadyRegistered On: January 11, 2019Topics: 8Replies: 139Has thanked: 133 timesBeen thanked: 787 times
1. I keep my kettle in the basement and boil right there!
2. I try for lower ABV!
Been doing a lot more brewing during the sheltering. I have three in the bottle (Gruit, Cream Ale, IPA) and one in the first fermentation. The newest one is an American Pilsner that I flavor with green grapes. The Gruit was a first because it has no hops and uses cranberries. It came out – not exactly flat – but a quickly disappearing head – maybe low protein in the wort? It’s kind of sour – not my favorite, but my neighbor loves it. Do you do labels? The recipients of my gift-beer love my clever labels.
- January 18, 2021 at 8:14 pm #435156DuchessRegistered On: May 28, 2020Topics: 49Replies: 168Has thanked: 1523 timesBeen thanked: 1029 times
O.G. is 1.106. I don’t think I’ll have any trouble hitting 10%. Two packs of Wyeast 3787 Belgian High Gravity yeast, and I think we’ll be good. Fermenting around 65F-68F. I’ll post back in a few weeks with F.G.
- January 18, 2021 at 8:43 pm #435163Falecia McGuireLadyRegistered On: January 11, 2019Topics: 8Replies: 139Has thanked: 133 timesBeen thanked: 787 times
In the words of my old friend Tom O’Keefe, “I’m a thirsty drinker.” The strong ones like the Boulevard Smokestack series are too potent for me. So I haven’t brewed strong ones either. I’ve had more fun monkeying with more exotic tastes. I’ve used mandarin oranges in second fermentation and pumpkin, banana, and tomato-basil in the boil with pretty good success. The Pilsner I boiled Friday and added the grape mash has been churning in the carboy like it has a motor. I used one of those enhanced liquid yeast packs and maybe the sweetness of the grapes is stirring it up. I’ll let you know. I usually try 6-12 bottles and give the rest as gifts. It’s too expensive to drink myself!
- January 19, 2021 at 9:30 pm #435699DuchessRegistered On: May 28, 2020Topics: 49Replies: 168Has thanked: 1523 timesBeen thanked: 1029 times
I would LOVE to try the tomato basil! Wow! I bet that grape beer is churning a lot with all that sugar. Mine is not roiling as much as I expected today – thought it would be overflowing my blow-off bucket, but I’m only getting about 40 bubbles a minute. Temp settled at around 66 degrees F, so maybe that’s why. The Old Ale I did before Christmas was exploding out the tube by this time. It ended up 11.5%. We’ll see how this goes. I might hit you up for dome advice!
- January 18, 2021 at 3:38 pm #435089DuchessRegistered On: May 28, 2020Topics: 49Replies: 168Has thanked: 1523 timesBeen thanked: 1029 times
I love gruits, in fact I like a lot of sour beers. Sours aged in wine foeders are my favorite. Kettle sours come out too metallic, chelical-tasting, or just straight up citric acid. New Belgium makes dome wonderful sours.
I’m still pretty new to brewing, but I’ve had pretty good success so far. I was real happy with my Oktoberfest, and my Christmas Spiced Belgian strong dark ale. I just popped a hefeweizen I brewed in December that is pretty respectable. Got an amber ale in the carboy right now.
I’d love to try your beers! I’m enjoying it, but days like today where I had to do a 3+ hour boil to get my volume down (new 10-gallon mash tun, ended up with about 7 gal of wort) makes for a long day with set up and clean up. I cannot use my burner in our basement. I’d probably burn the place to the ground!!
I’m just hoping to hit my OG after all this. I’m hoping for 10%+.
Nice to know I’m not the only brewer here!
- January 18, 2021 at 1:54 pm #435040AnonymousRegistered On:Topics: 2Replies: 228Has thanked: 298 timesBeen thanked: 914 times
I was told today is Blue Monday….well I guess not..lol
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