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- Dating back to monastic breweries in the middle ages, Dubbels are still produced at abbeys and monasteries in Belgium. This kit yields an authentic Trappist-style ale with a russet color, dense off-white head, and a host of flavors and aromas - spices, flowers, dried fruit, plums, raisins, rum, and toffee - arising from the interaction of grains, sugar, and yeast. A medium-full bodied, complex beer that pairs with everything from cheese to stew to dessert.
Recommended: 2-stage fermentation and yeast starter.
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Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons Recipe and Instructions Click Here for Belgian Dubbel Extract Kit Brewing Instructions Regional Style Belgian Original Gravity 1062 Total Time to Make 2 months
- 4.8 / 5.068 ReviewsThis is why I started homebrewingI love this style of beer but it's almost impossible to find any at the store or at any brewery. After reading reviews on here this was my 2nd brew after the one that came with my kit. This has me sold that I can make great beer from home and from extract. Age is an absolute must, after 2 months it was still pretty harsh and the fruit and Belgian flavors just weren't there yet. Now at 4 months in the bottle it's getting really good. Has that Belgian flavor profile, pretty smooth now, and some dark fruit flavors emerging. I don't plan on tasting anymore for 2 more months and then it should be good to start drinking regularly. I am very satisfied with this kit so far and Northern Brewer in general with the other kits I've been making while this ages.July 12, 2017Purchased
1 year agoLet It Age!!!Aging is a must here. It's good right away but amazing after 4-6 months.May 20, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoBBP great beer but...My second batch. The taste is phenomenal but never had blow offs this severe . Maybe let others know to keep temp at low end of recommendedMay 6, 2017Purchased
10 months agoDecent starter DubbelMy first dubbel. Working with Belgian yeast is just completely different than most other strands. I thought this had an above average flavour for a dubble. It leaves something to be desired that I haven't figured out yet. It would be a good base for experimenting with.January 22, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoAn excellent dubbelWith all the reviews here urging patience, I let this one sit in primary for nearly two months and then in bottles for a month before I even tried it. Turned out great — the perfect beer to help you weather those long, cold winter nights.
Complex flavor with toffee, caramel, dried fruit (raisin, maybe prune) notes. Estery. You can definitely taste the alcohol, but it's still quite smooth and not an unpleasant aspect of the beer.
I did blind taste test among friends with commercial dubbel and mine was a unanimous favorite.
Reminiscent of Chimay, which is my goal with this style. I used Wyeast 1214, which I understand actually came from the Chimay Abbey. Lots of banana/esthery aromas as it worked.
As always, great customer service from NB. Prompt delivery, and everything in order.December 29, 2016Purchased
1 year agoGot a phenomenal deal onGot a phenomenal deal on ipas that I couldn't pass up even though I'm not an IPA Drinker. Glad that I bought them and use this website.August 24, 2016Excellent Brew!OK, here's the scoop......Brew date 5/8...Secondary 5/23.....Bottled 6/25. OG 1.066, FG 1.003 for a 8.27 ABV...Followed the directions except for the yeast. Because I live in Florida I didn't want to risk purchasing and shipping a liquid yeast, so I went with the Safbrew BE - 256, without a starter. I ended up with a beer with a great malty aroma with the flavors of raisins and figs, I also find the beer to be have a sweetness to it. It's been in the bottle now for about 6 weeks, though it is carbonated, I'm not getting as much carbonation as i would like. When poured into a glass I get maybe 3/8 of an inch head. Next time I will up the priming sugar to 3/4 cup to see if it helps. I also tried to cook with it, adding about a bottle to my chili recipe, it came out great, I may try it in a beef stew as well... In my opinion it,s a great beer that friends and family like it as well.. I will order this one again...August 4, 2016Great beer, I brewed oneGreat beer, I brewed one last year, at 3-6 months it was ok, but after a year in the bottle these are real good. Similar to an Orval I would sayJuly 14, 2016Yum - festive brew with dried fruit flavorsI don't like sweet flavors in my beer. This one has intense flavor - not sweet - more subdued like figs, raisins. The flavors make it an awesome brew. This is my pick for a best of "holiday brew" category. I'll be brewing it again... even for summer months.April 30, 2016Best Beer Ever!This was one of the first kits that I purchased a little over a year ago. My son and I have brewed around 150 gallons of this and other beer since. I can honestly say that this is the best beer I have ever tasted and I've had plenty, both here in the U.S. and while visiting Belgium and other countries. I'm not the only one who has said this either. I highly recommend it.March 31, 2016
- Browse 9 questions Browse 9 questions and 25 answersDescription recommends a yeast starter, however the product comes with a yeast activation pack and the faq says you don't need to do a starter with this product, can you please clarify? Thank youBEST ANSWER: Hi Robert,
The smack pack contains a nutrient packet that helps get the yeast in good health, so in that sense a starter is not required. However, the instructions recommend a starter for this particular recipe since the OG is a bit high, and you'd like to have a larger yeast population. So, I'd recommend a starter, in hopes of building up a larger population for the extra sugar. When it comes to starters, health is definitely always more important than numbers, but it can be good to get your numbers up too with higher OG beers.
Here are two good resources on starters:
Hope that helps!
CharlesWhat is the target FG for this kit?BEST ANSWER: Mine uaually end up around 1.011-1.014. Wnt a real treat for this recipe? Roast about a pound of pecan halves @ 325F for 5-6 minutes. Give them a coarse chop and add to secondary fermenter. Strain at bottling. Absolutely fabulous! Good luck!Do you need to remove the kettle from the burner when you add the Candi sugar like when you add the malt extract to keep it from burning on the bottom?BEST ANSWER: Michael, I did not remove the kettle from the burner, but only turned off the heat. Once I got the candi sugar into the wort, I made sure I stirred the mixture to ensure the sugar dissolved. Once I felt that was accomplished, I returned the heat to the kettle and continued on with the process of making the beer. Good luck. It was a nice beer to produce and drink.Is there a dry yeast alternative to the liquids offered with this kit?BEST ANSWER: Yes, you could use the BE-256 dry yeast, that would work very well on this beer.Do i need to adjust any of the instructions if i want to do a full boil ?BEST ANSWER: It depends on your setup. Every kettle and burner combo have different boil off rates. The short answer is "yes" you'll be lower than 5 gallons with a full boil but have better sanitation. You can compromise by either:
1- After your steep, add an extra gallon to the total volume, bring to a boil and then add the extracts as per the schedule.
2- The other "safe" thing you could do is to preboil a gallon of water (with a lid on it) and set aside. This will be sanitized if the lid stays on and then adjust your post boil volume as needed, assuming you added your water in before the boil.
This recipe is top notch. I used it to form my own Dubbel and I will say try your best not to touch it until it has aged at least 4 months. It is amazing after 6 months. Good luck and Cheers!Is it recommended to pitch a bottling carbonization yeast like CBC-1 prior to bottling given the ABV and aging of this brew?BEST ANSWER: I have made this several times and have not used bottling yeast. Using Wyeast 1214 with a 1.5 liter starter, I do 2 weeks in primary and a month in the secondary. I like to let this one age in the bottle to get a nice blend of flavors.What is the approximate final ABV?BEST ANSWER: I added 2 more pounds of dme to the recipe. It usually probably finishes out around 7% but with the added dme, along with a slightly warmer fermentation temp, after 15 months (1 primary, 14 for extended secondary) it finished at 9.2 and deliciousDo you recommend pitching a bottling yeast like CBC-1 prior to bottling to help with carbonation? I know it highly recommended for brews that are high ABV and need to age like the Northy 12.BEST ANSWER: I think it may help to pitch a bottling yeast with a strong brew like Northy 12. I didn't pitch any bottling yeast when I bottled the Belgian Dubbel extract and although it tastes fine it has very little carbonation and it came in at about 7% ABV, lower than the Northy 12. I will be using a bottling yeast next time.I have my Abbey dubbel sitting in secondary for a month and about halfway through, I started noticing small white spots on the top of my beer. Is this yeast that was still active in secondary? Do I need to wait for it to fall? Or strain it before bottling?BEST ANSWER: These are probably just yeast rafts and probably will not fall. The siphon should avoid and leave them behind so it should be fine as it ages and just keep an eye on them to see if they start to grow. Otheriwse, they are just yeast and protein hanging out.