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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Desperately need some yeast advice!
« on: January 03, 2012, 11:43:39 PM »
I will do be doing some Googling.  Toss up between the S-04 and WLP 007.  I was wrong about having S-04 on hand.  I have (1) packet each WB-06, S-33, and T-58.  I don't think those would be good for a Pale Ale.  I picked those up on the last trip to the mainland.

I am leaning towards WLP 007.

I am also going to carb at serving pressure.

I will post my results, and recipe after my parents leave.  Thanks for the comments, and please keep posting if you have more!

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Desperately need some yeast advice!
« on: January 03, 2012, 10:48:43 PM »
I can get dry yeast no problem, but I just really have had great results with White Labs and would like to stick with one of their strains.


I personally would go with dry yeast.  It can be a great choice for a quick brew.  S-04 and Nottingham are particularly fast fermentors.  I share your appreciation for White Labs, but dry yeast may deserve some consideration.

I have some S-04 on hand, I just seem to always have better beers with White Labs. Maybe its just a bias I have.    I also believe the Zymugy issue said S-04 left the beer the most cloudy.  Not too big a deal, but  I am just wanting to make the best beer I can when my parents are here.  They only visit once a year, and I am wanting to involve my Dad from grain to glass.  I meant to pick up supplies last week, but didn't get a chance.  Now the LHBS is sold out of the yeast I planned on.

Maybe I will use S-04.  Kind of a toss up between that and 007.  

Thanks to all for the advice.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Desperately need some yeast advice!
« on: January 03, 2012, 10:41:14 PM »
I will be kegging also.  I haven't force-carbed the fast way yet.  I usually do it over 5-7 days.  I think I will try carbonating at 25 PSI for 48 hours.

What I would suggest doing instead is setting the keg to your serving pressure and shaking it as often as you can for ~48 hours, then letting it settle for 24 hours before pouring off the sediment.

You can actually get the beer fully carbonated after just an hour or so of more or less continuous shaking by doing this, and you avoid any risk of over-carbonation.

I haven't ever tried carbing fast, but it seemed like most of the stuff I had read said shaking led to over-carbonation.  But, that was at 30 PSI.  I haven't heard of doing it at serving pressure.  I think I may try that method. 

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Desperately need some yeast advice!
« on: January 03, 2012, 09:30:37 PM »
Thanks for the fast replies.  I do have temperature controlled fridges for fermenting.  I have had good luck with WLP 090 at 68F.  I have used it twice.  The second batch was re-harvested in a Black IPA.  

Looking like I will go with 007.  Thanks again!

I will be kegging also.  I haven't force-carbed the fast way yet.  I usually do it over 5-7 days.  I think I will try carbonating at 25 PSI for 48 hours.  Kegerator is at about 35F.  I will pull a sample after 24 hours.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Desperately need some yeast advice!
« on: January 03, 2012, 09:04:07 PM »
My parents are flying from Kansas to come visit this Friday for two weeks.  I am in Hawaii.  I am wanting to do a 8-10 day Pale Ale for my Dad, but my LHBS (only one on the Island) is out of my 1st choice (WLP 090), and 2nd choice (WLP 001).  I tweaked one of the recipe's from the Zymurgy issue that had the 6-10 day recipes.

My options are- WLP 002, 004, 005, 007, 013, 041, and 862.  There are a few other White Labs yeasts that are in stock, but I don't think they would work well.

I can get dry yeast no problem, but I just really have had great results with White Labs and would like to stick with one of their strains.

I am thinking WLP 041, or WLP 862 with a starter.  Any advice?  I am not too sure the Cry Havoc would be that great for a fast-turn around, but maybe it is.  I haven't ever used any of these strains, so any advice would be appreciated.  Should I just go with some dry yeast?  I have access to US-04, 05; Nottingham, Cooper's, Munton's,

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The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: December 14, 2011, 09:03:39 PM »
How about some sun? Haven't seen the sun in a couple weeks. :(

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Amen Brother!  We've gotten 15+ inches of rain here since the eclipse.

Making up for lost time...it must be the rainy season there now.  :-\

Yep, this time of year is called Makahiki.  We get 180" of rain a year here at my house on the windward side of the island.  About 3/4 of that falls November through January.  I live in a tropical rainforest (on the slopes of an erupting volcano).

Funny thing is, on the other side of the island, in an are called Puako (in the South Kohala District),  they get less than 15" of rain a year.  That part of the island is in the rain shadows of Mauna Loa, Hualalai, and Mauna Kea.

I bet you can guess where the high-end resorts are located... ;)

It is raining a lot here on Oahu.  Not quite as much as you are getting though.  Doesn't rain quite as much on the Leeward side where I am though.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: temp and force carb chart?
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:43:29 AM »
There is a good chart in here http://morebeer.com/public/pdf/kegging.pdf.  They give you carb levels for style also.

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Homebrew Competitions / Re: Oklahoma FOAM Cup and MCAB
« on: December 01, 2011, 12:23:12 AM »
I am kinda in the same boat.  I just started entering competitions this year.  My Shwarzbier took gold in the Foam Cup.  I sent 3 entries, but only placed one beer.  Pretty sweet though, since the MCAB sounds pretty cool, and I was so stoked to get a gold!.  So glad I got a medal since it is so pricey to ship beer from Hawaii to the competitions. 

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Equipment and Software / Re: Is Beersmith a good tool?
« on: November 10, 2011, 11:49:57 AM »
Beer Smith is great in my opinion.  It makes it really easy to create your own recipes.  I have the new version, but with a 2 year-old and an infant, I haven't had time to play with the version 2 very much.  The first couple times I tried using it, I had some issues, so I am still using the original version.  I am sure the new one is great, I just need some time to sit down and play with it.  It is definately worth the $20 or so that it costs.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Bottling from a keg
« on: September 06, 2011, 08:24:11 AM »
I use the Blichmann beer gun. A little pricey but justifiable IMO, plus it does a fantastic job. It also allows you to purge the bottle with CO2 prior to filling. Fast and easy...and very easy to clean. Well worth it if you compete a lot or like to bottle from the keg.

Good luck in the comp.  :)

I use it too.  Worth every penny in my opinion.  Its so easy to use.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: bottling for competition
« on: August 12, 2011, 08:19:50 AM »
Two words....Beer Gun....simple & fantastic piece of equipment!

I agree.  Definately worth the money to go with Blichmann Beer Gun.  Really easy to use.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Small batches?
« on: August 12, 2011, 08:05:37 AM »
Better Bottle makes a great 3 gallon carboy.  Its square shaped, and will fit nicely in my ferementing fridge so I can ferment several batches at once, as opposed to the round carboy, which I can only fit one.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Beersmith
« on: June 01, 2011, 11:41:35 PM »
I am so excited for the new version to come out.  I love the old edition, and the new one sounds great.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: AHA Membership
« on: June 01, 2011, 11:20:16 PM »
Just got it. Now I am all linked up and am a real live brewer  ;D

The magazine makes the membership totally worth it.  I think I know you from somewhere.   ;)

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I have a 30 plate chiller and its rating is 210 to 68 degrees in about 5 minutes.  The same company sells a 40 plate chiller and claims 2 minutes.  Those ratings are for 5 gallon batches.  I haven't timed mine, but I used an aquarium pump to push ice water through the chiller and got 60 degree wort between 5-10 minutes for 6 gallons.  I bought mine from hombrewstuff.com.

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