I actually need to get some champagne bottles so I can have another crack at a Belgian. I made a BGS similar to Duval (Saaz and Styrians IIRC) with the Mangrove Jacks Belgian Ale about 9 months ago and it was pretty good at around 9.5% but it didn’t have the foamy head or smoothness of Duval. I’ve heard they primary to about 6% and then do a bottle refermentation to 8.5% before lagering the bottles for 60 days or something like that anyway. I work in waste management so I should be able to source some to give it a go sometime soon.Shame you're in Perth, my wife doesn't drink tea or coffee, just water and "bubbles" with G&T's as a cleanser, a habit she's passed on to her daughters, so after the festives I'm drowning in champagne bottles.
Oh well big Belgians, barley wines, and Ris's for the foreseeable future, and like Kadmium I've got a 35L Robo so I predict a rather large order for extract going to Coopers, that might be sacrilege in some quarters but I find a 1050 grain in the Robo beefed up with a couple Kg's of extract/sugar is the easiest way to do 1100's, and I've got a new (for me) Kveik strain (Lutra) I'm itching to pitch.
It's supposed to be ultra clean and capable of a lager like beer, which I doubt but as I'm not brewing lagers that's no big deal.
If I get time (still renovating this bleedin house, and switching to commercial couplers) I'll post some results, I can feel a Brulosophy moment coming on.
The Lutra sounds good. Can you buy it here? I’m keen to try to kveik Vienna lager next.