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Yeast and Fermentation / Fast Lager
« on: March 29, 2017, 04:28:26 PM »
Brewed a Mexican Lager on March 20th.  Pitched a very large starter of WLP940 Mexican Lager yeast.  OG was 1.055.  Started it at 48F, two days later raised it to 50F, four days later raised to 52F.  Just six days later it stopped bubbling.  Checked gravity.  It's at 1.018 and 5.9% ABV (by my math).  This is better attenuation than I was expecting and super fast.  I've brewed this beer a few times before and it always took 2-2.5 weeks to finish...not 6 days.  Was worried about infection, but the sample I took for gravity smelled and tasted fine.

Question: Should I keep it cold?  It's at 54F now.  Or raise it for D-rest, then lager?  Does D-rest still work if it's done fermenting?

Ingredients / DIPA Hops - Mosaic, Cascade, Apollo
« on: July 08, 2013, 10:38:49 PM »
I'm planning a DIPA following Vinnie's Pliny the Elder recipe (, but I have different hops I'd like to use...big stash from NikoBrew!

Substitutions planned: Apollo for Columbus, Cascade for Centennial, and Mosaic for Simcoe.

Here are Vinnie's kettle additions for a 6 gal batch...
3.50 oz (99 g) Columbus* 13.90% A.A. 90 min.  (sub Apollo - 18% AA)
0.75 oz (21 g) Columbus* 13.90% A.A. 45 min.  (sub Apollo - 18% AA)
1.00 oz (28 g) Simcoe 12.30% A.A. 30 min.  (sub Mosaic - 12% AA)
1.00 oz (28 g) Centennial 8.00% A.A. 0 min.  (sub Cascade - 5.5% AA)
2.50 oz (71 g) Simcoe 12.30% A.A. 0 min.  (sub Mosaic - 12% AA)

AA % are fairly similar, with the exception of the Apollo.  Should I sub the hops straight across (with an obviously smaller Apollo addition)?  Or should I change the balance?  I've never brewed with Mosaic before, so I'm not sure what to expect there.

Planning to follow the same plan for dry hopping too.  Vinnie calls for equal amounts of each hop in a double dry hop.

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