A final review of how to save a, Blonde Belgian kegged, force carbonated and to sweet."
After adding the Orval, and waiting, my patients got ran out. The gravity had dropped down from 1.031 to 1.021 and it still tasted too sweet. So I added dry yeast and it did not do anything. My last step was to add 5 beano tablets. Now that worked. The beano crunched down the long chain sugars so that the yeast could convert them. The final gravity dropped to 1.000 and the amazing thing is that it still has a sweetnes to the flavor. The brew sets about 9.7 ABV and my wife really likes it. We had barbecue two weekends ago and she tried a sip of mine and asked for one of her own. She drank about 24 oz of the Blonde Belgian and has asked for it a couple of times since then. Last weekend I drank 3 - 20 oz. glasses over a 2 1/2 hour period, while I was reviewing my lawn and planning for the spring projects. Wow, this Belgian is strong. My speach started getting a bit slured and I was shocked. I absoluted can not remember when the last time that I drank enough to cause me to get to that level of intoxication. I drink for the flavor, not to get intoxicated.
I do have a question for you gentlemen. I am amazed that there does seem to be sweetnes still in the brew since the hydrometer indicated 1.000 FG. When I plugged the numbers into Beer Smith it showed Total calories 326 Cal/pint, Calories from Alcohol 265 Cal/pint. I thought the calories would be absent or way lower, since the carbohydrates/sugars had been converted. I have used beano in the past when attempting to make a beer for a friend of mine who happens to be a diabetic. I was under the assumption that the carbohydrates would be converted into alcohol and therefore it would be an effective way to brew beer for a person who may have diabeties. When the FG was crunched down to 1.000, I thought that the calories would also be near the zero range. Do you think this is a software issue or am I confused? Sorry if this seems to be jumping topics, although they are actually related with each other.