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Moment of Truth: Monk’s Cowl Belgian Ale

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 by in Beer, Moments of Truth | 2 comments

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Take a look at this picture. What’s missing. Yup, Carbonation. OK, there is a tiny, tiny head of bubbles. Aside from being somewhat flat, this beer is a tad on the sour side. It’s not undrinkable but the flavor just isn’t there. It could’ve also been another victim of our Southern California heat spell. Revenge of the overheated yeast??

As you might recall from the brewing post for this brew, I was surprised by the amount of liquid left over after the brew. This was supposed to be a one gallon batch kit (from Midwest Supplies) but the instructions were a bit different than what I am used to so I am sure I screwed up somewhere along the way.

Oh well, it happens. I think I am over the kit buying. Fresh and homemade is the way to go.

I will let the rest of these bottles sit a bit longer before refrigerating. We’ll see if that helps with carbonation.

Carry on…


  1. Could it be that this didn’t come out well because there was too much wort? Not enough yeast for the volume produced? Or maybe the amount of water cut the fermentable sugars too far?

    • Might be all three, Rob. I have had this happen to me with many kits. That’s why I stopped buying them.

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