Sounds solid to me as well. 1/2 pound of sugar should help without taking much away from the malt character.
That was kind of my thought. I think it works out 3.6%.
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Going to brew a pumpkin oktoberfest again. Last year I liked it so much I think it may be a regular fall beer for me. Basically an oktoberfest with a little pumpkin in the mash and spices at the end of the boil. Good stuff.
Isovaleric acid is definitely hop related.
The funny thing about it is that major parts of the population can't even detect it at any level. I went to the Siebel Sensory Perception class at GABF back in 2009 (God, has it been that long?) and while half the class sipped away at the sample straining to find something wrong, the other half of the class was making gagging noises and looked like they were going to hurl.
Sometimes 34/70 throws off a little sulfur, which is more likely to dissipate after a few minutes than isovolaric. Are you especially sensitive to sulfur compounds?
It took off very quickly and is currently at 64F. I was thinking about keeping it at 64-65 for the first couple of days, ramping to 68 for a couple more, then letting free rise up to 75 or so.
It depends on the strain and what you're after. Your plan would work fine, or to get a little more of the yeast character (which I like in saison) you could hold at 67F-ish for a couple days , then just let rise and hold at ~ 75F. It'll be good regardless.
Pale yellow color is perfect for a summer saison and will pair well with the lemony theme. Also, once you get some carbonation into it, I bet the basil character will pop a bit more. Let us know how it turns. Sounds like it will be awesome late August.
Agreed that 30-35 psi for 48 hrs (providing your beer is cold enough) should get you carbed enough.
Ok so there isn't one psi I can leave it at for 48 hours to get it reasonably carbed up?
I thought I have seen on brulosophy that they carb at 50psi for 24 hours of something.
Ok, for 48 hrs, I leave it at 30psi/40F. That gets it close, then I drop down to serving pressure. As for the 24 hour plan, 40psi won't vent the regulator but I do know that some regulators will let you go higher. 30psi x 2 days or 40psi-ish X 1 day would be safest. Or the shake method which I'm not a huge fan of.