The biggest advantage to me is that I can pour myself whatever volume I want.
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Been there, done that. With enough friends, anything is possible. Man does my crew love lagers.
Being an engineer by trade, I do nearly all of my own calcs...
Being an engineer by trade, I know the most effective and efficient method of calculating recipe specs is with brewing software
On the dry hopping go light on the Citra because it really overpowers other hops. I would say 1oz Citra, 2oz Amarillo and 2oz Simcoe.
The mesh bag can have issues - I've done it once, the mash bag clogged several times and I had to keep pulling it out, cleaning, and restarting the siphon (introducing air and increasing chance of contamination).
I am thinking oxygenation is a factor as well, I don't know why I never thought of that! ... I read in Mitch Steele's book about getting the beer off the trub as soon as possible and that is why I tried the secondary thing for a bit, but I think I might go back to primary only and eliminate a racking step.
Nice directions though
Time: 5 minutes
Place in oven and cook for 10 minutes.
Return to oven and cook for 10 minutes.
So, I received the Rebel Rye Porter kit today and as I thought, a package of Safale S-04 was included. It says just sprinkle it in (no rehydration). Should I just go with this pkg of dry yeast or buy some Wyeast #1028? BeerSmith2 says I should pitch 2 pkgs. What do you guys think? 2 dry, 2 smack packs, 1 smack pack and a yeast starter? Anyone know what the cell count is for Safale S-04?
I'm 2 batches into trying to find the perfect Session IPA recipe. Call me a sinner, I guess!
FYI - kelsey mcnair's west coast bitter has gotten rave reviews - its in my soon-to-brew folder.