This past Sunday we brewed what could be one of our “standard” series of beers, Drie Door Negen Nevel. This is a Belgian Tripel, but made a bit BBxB by using Australian Galaxy for the aromatic hops. I (Ryan) decided to go this way because the Belgian yeast, when fermented at the right temperatures, usually gives of fruity esters. I wanted to compliment these esters with a tropical and fruity aromatic hop.
Overall the day went well. I had help from Robert, a friend from work who wanted to try out all-grain brewing, and was interested in making a tripel, so DDNN was born. The name means “3 by 9 Nebula” in Dutch… 3 for the 3 Galaxy additions, 9 for the expected ABV and Nebula as a synonym for Galaxy that sounds better in Dutch (rolls off the tongue better than “Melkeg”).
There were a few small setbacks here and there. I forgot to add the sugar in until a little later in the boil, but I don’t expect this to be an issue. I also broke my hydrometer… so we’re gonna have to guess on the ABV on this bad boy! I am really looking forward to see how this one turns out, as Manny and I have been working on filling out our Standard series so that we’ve got a sold baseline to experiment from.
Two weeks from now, we will brew again, and I’m thinking it might be time for the return of And The Answer is: None. None More Black. so that it can be ready for our adventure in the 3rd week in June!
Brew Day Playlist:
Atmosphere: God Loves Ugly
Queens of the Stone Age: Era Vulgaris
Tenacious D: Tenacious D
SCG: Naughty Brilliant
Sublime: 40oz. to Freedom