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SteveG
01/23/13 03:49 PM  
Trappist style swap - anyone?
Just wondering.
SteveG
01/24/13 10:12 AM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
Someone out there must have something Trappist inspired they'd like to share, yeah?
Ryan
01/24/13 10:35 AM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
Sounds like a fun idea. I currently have a Dubbel and a Quad on deck that just finished primary fermentation...
SteveG
01/24/13 12:49 PM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
Nice, my "prior 6" just left secondary for a keg a couple days ago. Sounds like you're 10 days or less behind me, perfect! End of Feb, early March we'd both be in great shape.
Ryan
01/24/13 02:15 PM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
Let me know how it goes and I'll do the same...tasted the quad after pulling a gravity yesterday and it definitely needs time to mellow.
Smokinghole
01/24/13 05:00 PM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
I'd be up for something like this in the future. I'm brewing a tripel this weekend and have some quad finished up needing to be bottled. I have a dubbel that took on a bit of sourness from a hop and alcohol tolerant (what I assume to be) lacto. It's nice cause it's clean not viscous and and I doubt its a pedio strain because there's no real detectable diacetyl flavor. I also have an orval inspired beer that's done but the bitch of that is I only have 750s left I think.
Gabe H
01/24/13 05:22 PM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
Only thing I have that's in the vein is an abbey table beer. It's pretty good, but not sure that others would be very interested in it.
Matt C
01/24/13 05:40 PM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
Anyone who received a package from me for the Sour/Funky swap has my quad (it's the Duvel bottle). If you guys decide to do a tasting of Trappist styles you could toss that in there.
SteveG
01/24/13 09:47 PM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
Gabe - you could not be more wrong. Myself and a couple others from the BBB have really been fighting the devaluation of low ABV beer, I think its terrible that so many beer enthusiasts believe quality and strength go hand-in-hand. I came back from Brugge with a few bottles, two trappist. A Westvleteren 8 and Westmalle Single. I don't think a person can call themself an enthusiast of Trappist beer if the low ABV end is of no interest. IMO choosing to make a table beer is the bold move of a true beer enthusiast. Hats off.

Matt - convenient!!

Smokinghole, my prior 6 is only 3 weeks old, so this one is not immediate. If you do make a triple this weekend it could well be a candidate.

Gabe - one other thought. I owe you a beer, if its OK to hold off a few weeks before sending out a box a second beer becomes proportionally cheap to send (as we all learned!!). I plan to serves the prior in about 3 weeks, I could bottle some up when its ready and include it. Is that OK?

Gabe H
01/24/13 10:28 PM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
Steve - Sending the cassis as part of the next swap is no problem. UPS is quite spendy these days. It was $100 for me to send 5 boxes for the last one. Totaly worth it for the great beers I got and to hear such good brewers (home and pro) say so many kind things about my beers.

Hard to find a good low abv beer. This one is about 5% ABV, really a bit higher than I wanted. It's my first got at the recipe, but with a few tweaks I'm considering a rebrew for nationals. Not sure why, hard to a 4.5% beer doing well in 16E.

SteveG
01/25/13 07:41 AM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
I went USPS for all but Shawn, also pricey but not as bad as UPS. I've just bought a new telescope, a very expensive one. Its not off the rack, its custom made and the manufacturer does not have standard packaging for it. Going in I knew that packing and shipping was separate and UPS would call me with a price. Got the call yesterday - $504. I almost shit my pants. UPS makes USPS look damn good!

As far as quality low grav beers - I agree it's more of a challenge. I really respect them cause I believe it takes more skill as a brewer to make something only 4% wonderful. Anybody can clobber you with huge profile, clobber me with a feather and you got my attention!

The prior is keg conditioning so force carbonated. Wish I could send one sooner that would bubble up on its own!

SteveG
01/25/13 07:43 AM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
Sorry, I misread your comment. I think the beer community generally devalues lower grav beers. Makes me crazy, IMO much of the craft beer world is hard of tasting. I can't tell you how I would LOVE to see a table beer win out over quads!!
Smokinghole
01/25/13 08:00 PM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
I'm a huge fan of low gravity beers. I tend to make stuff around 5% but I do like to have a few fast cars in my house. I'm also making a 6%ish brown ale with ECY09 and a hop tolerant lacto strain along with my tripel this weekend.
SteveG
01/26/13 12:14 AM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
I'd like to think the pendulum is swinging at least a little our way. Everything I brewed in 2012 was < 1.055. Great to hear of others who appreciate that!

That said though I do love a fine triple. That's about as strong as I care to drink now-a-days.

mikeh
01/29/13 12:07 AM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
haha I guess my Rochefort clone og 1120 fg 1006 would not show much interest. I also just bottled a dubbel made with the d80 sugar. I have an Orval clone also. Trippel too.
Smokinghole
01/29/13 09:14 AM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
You just reminded me that I have an orval inspired beer but I think I'm down to only 750ml bottles. I didn't get time to brew my tripel this weekend but I did get a brown ale brewed that I'm fermenting with ECY09 and a hop tolerant lactobacillus strain. It'll be tart and not necessarily trappist by the time its done.
SteveG
01/29/13 09:42 AM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
I don't want to sound like I have a moratorium on things like an R10 clone. I prefer to drink far lighter beers and don't really go out of my way for uber-ales. That's just me though and my personal preference. Totally disregarding strong beers is just as un-constructive as totally disregarding light ones. So ... if we do this - and it is picking up some steam - I'd certainly not say no to a bigger Trappist.
Casey
01/29/13 11:14 AM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
I would be interested in a Trappist style swap.
B-Dub
01/31/13 06:43 PM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
I have a 3 month old Quad that is getting there. Also have some older Triples and Quads; only a few left in 750ml. I am a West coast guy. Any ideas on keeping the price of shipping down? By March the Qaud should be getting great; had one today and it is showing nicely. My only concern at this point is the overall cost. I am cheap and my kids spend all my $$$$$$!!!!!

BW

SteveG
02/01/13 10:06 AM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
There have been times we've used something I started calling the "babnet". Many a bottle has traveled from CA to OH to NJ to the UK or Belgium, and sometimes that's worked in reverse, carried by babblebelt folks. When we plan this swap, if you can get bottles to somebody who will be shipping lots of $$ can be saved. The second bottle is a lot cheaper than the first. When we see who is in maybe there can be some traveling hand offs.
816Guy
02/11/13 09:06 PM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
How does this swap stuff work? How many beers to how many people usually? I have a few tripels and a golden strong I made, but I only have 3 different brews bottled. <<>>
SteveG
02/12/13 09:58 AM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
The details vary based on how many people are involved and what everyone wants to do. Lets say the base plan is you send a single bottle - should be 12oz - to each of 3 people, they in turn each send you one. When everything is arrived then 4 people have samples from each other. We hit a chatroom and pop them one at a time, talking about them along the way. If all goes well we may have a pro guest, for the last swap that was the head brewer from Hill Farmstead. So in that case an extra bottle would go out, although if you did not want to send the pro one that would be up to you.

Sometimes people agree to send more than one, there is some cost-effectiveness there.

816guy
02/12/13 06:11 PM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
Thank you SteveG. Reminds me of the days of swapping concert tapes.
Scott J
03/19/13 01:21 PM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
Can I still get in on this? I have an Oval Clone, a Dubbel, a Tripel, and a Belgian Golden Strong.
SteveG
03/19/13 02:46 PM  
Re: Trappist style swap - anyone?
OK, lets see if there is a little life left here. I'm going to start another thread so posts don't get too buried. For right now Scott it looks like you and me...
 
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