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On the brew at the moment, resisted the urge to put an extra X5 as ordered on top of the usual ingredients, surely an 8.5% beer is strong enough. Absolutely planning this for my birthday weekend late November. A bit different in the droid too, I like to switch the light on and have a look at beer as it is brewing, at day 1 it seemed pretty dark, like a light version of a stout, Have to admit, I thought I'd stuffed it up but halfway through day 2 the bottom of the droid became golden, end of day 2 a deep golden hue has taken over. Really interested to see how this one goes, there are a few Belgian ales I have tried that I have thought batted very well if not bloody overpriced. Am actually keen to try and bottle this mainly in glass bottles

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At 8.5% you’d better have a few at the end of your birthday celebration, if too early you wont remember 🤪😴. And the next day 🤕🤢.

I wonder if you’ll get excessive activity and overflow? Better put some cloth down by the outlet if you haven’t done already. 

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Ha, should have read all your post, there wasn't any overflow though, neither with the four leaf. It has gone to "Keg the bugger" but I'll wait for a few days of storage before I do, couple of these will end up in the mystery box, so that will be fun, stupidly have a couple of those watching the cricket and be up at 6AM for a fry up before driving to work.

 

Really looking forward to this one, have a real liking of Belgian Blondes ( both the beer and...) so hopefully this kicks some real arse, will have about 3 months to sit before being drunk. Did take 11 days to ferment though, longest one I have had so far

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And kegged and bottled, was actually really chuffed when I thought I had two brewprints left and grabbed the yeast sachet from the fridge to see 4 sachets. Two Bel Lagers, One Aussie premium and a Bohemian Lager, all will probably be ready to drink Xmas(ish), Jan, Feb (well in order anyways. So another month of the brewprints and then the tins I have should be getting a go.

 

Obviously I will be asking for help when I go the tins, though with two droids, it should be easier.

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Your right, with 2 droids the tins will fit in really well. No problems with any info/help needed.

You’ll have to sample a Belgian Strong as soon as carbonated, would be interesting in its then development.

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9 minutes ago, Barrelboy said:

Your right, with 2 droids the tins will fit in really well. No problems with any info/help needed.

You’ll have to sample a Belgian Strong as soon as carbonated, would be interesting in its then development.

 

Yeah, did get 8 bottles and a keg out of that one, so may try a bottle every now and then. Used to be a big fan of having a bottle of Belgian Blonde after work on a Friday before being a droid so will be something I'd like to start up again but the Blonde bottles were 330 ml, not the 750ml ones I have. Might have to play that one a bit careful :) 

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Obviously with some extra brewprints than I thought, it means I get the Birra at 10-12 weeks, so I get a better idea before I re order because using the Brewfo, I find kegs especially really benefit from the extra time. Will also be putting the hard word on the Brewshop guy t get some stock in of the coopers tins I want (being a small town, I'd rather buy from him and support a local shop, than get things online that he can get)

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Have what I believe to be the last bottle of the droid in the freezer at the moment. Nice gentle pour should see it sediment free and give me an idea on how it is progressing as today is the 6 week mark of secondary, think about another 20 mins and it should be right to go :)

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Holy crap, no way would you get to hard into this ;)

Has to be every bit of it's 8.5%. Has a bit of a grassy smell to it, to the point that if this was one of those craft beers made by a wine maker, you'd understand the influence Fruit and spice all over the place at the moment, needs to settle down but still fun. Really should not have done a keg with this, should have all been in bottles.

 

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17 minutes ago, Rob Courtney said:

Holy crap, no way would you get to hard into this ;)

Has to be every bit of it's 8.5%. Has a bit of a grassy smell to it, to the point that if this was one of those craft beers made by a wine maker, you'd understand the influence Fruit and spice all over the place at the moment, needs to settle down but still fun. Really should not have done a keg with this, should have all been in bottles.

 

The reactive laugh mojo was for the 8.5%, certainly not a session brew. Agree bottles and are best suited for strong % brews

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8 minutes ago, Barrelboy said:

The reactive laugh mojo was for the 8.5%, certainly not a session brew. Agree bottles and are best suited for strong % brews

 

On the positive, the keg should last a while, may be the one I get some mates around to try a pint each and then say " so you're going to have to sit for an hour before driving boys" 

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32 minutes ago, Rob Courtney said:

So that was a pint, just a pint...and I have a fair idea how the guy who invented moonshine must of felt

Sounds like it could be a substitute for a sleeping tablet. 😴

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8 minutes ago, Barrelboy said:

Sounds like it could be a substitute for a sleeping tablet. 😴

This would be perfect for those nights where it is still 30 degrees at 12am. Couple Belgian Ales and you'll sleep well.

Of course your missus won't as you snore like a train

 

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Luckily, I used an old Grolsch bottle and not one of the long necks. Might bring one of those down for my Mas birthday and make my sis drink it...guaranteed to make her take up smoking again :)

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Trying another one of these tonight, still a bit strong but has settled a bit. To think, people will be taking advice on their finances from me tomorrow..they better hope I have some bacon and eggs...

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21 minutes ago, Rob Courtney said:

Trying another one of these tonight, still a bit strong but has settled a bit. To think, people will be taking advice on their finances from me tomorrow..they better hope I have some bacon and eggs...

2 berocca tabs tomorrow, pint of water and stand in the shower for an hour may help 😀😁🤡

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44 minutes ago, Barrelboy said:

2 berocca tabs tomorrow, pint of water and stand in the shower for an hour may help 😀😁🤡

Yeah, there are plans in place ( which include your suggestions) at worst a Egg and Bacon Roll with a coffee when I get to work.

 

In saying that and it needs time but the Strong Ale has its place

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Have decided to make this my mid week beer from the keg, where I can drink 3-4 pints in a night and knock it off over a month. What really, really annoys me about this is how I tend to start preparing for the next morning...I am getting old. When I was in my late 20s, most of my 30s, high functioning alcohol user who would not have an issue with a bottle of red and six to eight stubbies a night. Obviously, there is a part of me that thinks..."and you drove to work the next morning?".

No surprises then that there was a cafe outside the front of m building that had a coffee and a bagel, thickly coated in butter with 2 inches of bacon on it waiting for me as I walked in ( think the guy charged me 6 bucks for it with the large coffee, was a good deal.

For some reason, totally beyond me, have been ticked off as being in very good health...but I suppose, Keith Richards is alive so anything is possible

 

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Time or pickling of the inners does change a few things. Thankfully I can still knock back a few however can’t stay up as late as I did. (so start earlier)

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8 minutes ago, Barrelboy said:

Time or pickling of the inners does change a few things. Thankfully I can still knock back a few however can’t stay up as late as I did. (so start earlier)

 

Don't get me wrong, I eat pretty healthy...breakfast and lunch, to make up for the dinners I have now, play sport etc but geez, what I got up to as a late teen/early 20s that transcended into my "just one or two more beers and I'll go to bed, it is 11.30pm and I have to get up at 6am" and to hear from the doc " you are in the top percentile". I feel sorry for the abstaining vegans who run every day and hear at 50 "better write your will" 

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