Making beer is an ancient and time-honored art; beer provides sustenance for the fast and pleasure for the palette. Me and the Homebrews is a chronicle of a bunch of guys following in the footsteps of the great Abbey Monks and their brews. In their honor, we domestic monks chose a Belgian style Dubbel Ale; this potent brew weighs in at 8% ABV.
A point of clarification. That is really all that is going on with the beer -- clarifying. It is settling and aging, the flavors are mellowing. Fermentation of sugars into alcohol have slowed to the point of stopping. For the Dubbel it is optional to siphon the beer off into a secondary fermentation carboy. This gives us one last chance to leave the sludge known as cold break behind to give our beer a beautiful body.
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