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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast Fermentation Temp
« on: July 10, 2017, 11:46:40 PM »
Thanks to all for the responses.  Guess I'll be trying lower temps for the next several brews.  Do you apply the lower temps for all the yeasts you use or is it yeast specific?

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast Fermentation Temp
« on: July 10, 2017, 04:08:12 PM »

A question regarding yeast fermentation temp and manufacturer recommended ranges.  I brew all grain and use White Labs yeasts with a starter.  I note from reading the forum that many of you start your primary fermentation a little below the temperature range recommended by the manufacturer.  I'm curious why you do that.  I use WLP001 for many beers and While Labs indicates it has an optimum temperature range of 68 to 73 degrees.  I usually start my primary at the bottom of the range and move the temp up over the primary fermentation, staying in White Labs recommended range.

Understanding the brewing process is one of my attractions to the hobby, so I'd be interested your input on primary fermentation temps and manufacturer's optimum recommendations.

Equipment and Software / Re: Conical Fermenter Size
« on: April 04, 2013, 11:48:26 PM »
Thanks for the input.  The conical I saw advertised was gone very quickly, so I didn't get it.  I appreciate your input.  I'll keep looking.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Whirlpooling
« on: April 03, 2013, 12:47:35 PM »
I've been frustrated trying to effectively whirlpool my wort also.  Use irish moss and spoon and chill before transfer.  Best I've done is use a screen sleeve in the bottom of the brew pot to remove break, but it clogs stopping transfer so have to use my sanitized spoon to get it draining again.  Usually just let the break go into the fermenter and forget about it.  Is this having that significant an affect on my finished beer?

Equipment and Software / Conical Fermenter Size
« on: March 20, 2013, 05:38:37 PM »
An opportunity to get a used 14 gal Blickman conical stainless steel fermenter at a good price has come up.  However, I don't want to brew 10 gallon batches.  Has anyone brewed 5 gallon batches in a 14 gal fermenter and did it have any affect on the beer.  It seems to me that the additional head space might be a problem.  I'd appreciate any input you may have before I commit to buying this; even though the price is good, it still costs a few bucks.

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