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Yeast and Fermentation / Pitch in wort or empty fermenter
« on: October 23, 2016, 08:25:46 AM »
From time to time I use C-Brite to sanitize.  There are always a few teaspoons left in the bottom of the carboy after dumping the solution despite trying to get it all out.  Today there were only a few minutes left to cool my wort completely.  In that down time, I pitched the yeast into the fermentor.  As I looked at it, I wondered if that little bit of solution would have an effect on the yeast being in direct contact.  The yeast was out of the package no starter solution to dilute the yeast. 

For the most part I pitch into the wort.  Was trying to maximize time I guess.  Any harm done?

Yeast and Fermentation / White Labs yeast
« on: October 21, 2016, 03:03:54 PM »
I have always made a starter with White Labs stepping it up at least twice.  I have a small brew window and need to brew this Sunday. What are your thoughts on a direct pitch from the package into a wort with a gravity of 1.045 - 1.050?  If that's not advisable i would have time to put it on a stir plate for about 20 hours and pitching even if it is at high krausen. Thoughts?

Yeast and Fermentation / would you use it
« on: October 16, 2016, 10:56:32 AM »
Bought a package of WLP 011 about two weeks ago.  Went to put it in a starter today and as I squeezed the package up and down to mix it, it started to squirt out of the package.  Upon closer examination, I saw that the top of the package was split open.  Safe to use, or toss it?

Ingredients / Fresh figs
« on: October 04, 2016, 03:08:03 PM »
Exactly what flavor do fresh figs add to a brew. I've used them in spiced holiday ales and perhaps can't pinpoint a specific flavor because of the spice. If added to an American ale for example what character would they add.

Yeast and Fermentation / Wyeast 1338 / WLP011
« on: September 27, 2016, 05:51:24 AM »
Can't seem to find either of these yeasts.  What can I substitute?


Ingredients / Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale
« on: September 23, 2016, 07:41:03 AM »
Anyone have a clone recipe out there?



All Grain Brewing / ? for Denny
« on: September 07, 2016, 06:30:41 AM »

Caramelizing fresh figs.  Can you run that process by me one more time.  Can't seem to find my notes from last year.  These are added to secondary correct?


All Grain Brewing / Scottish Ale
« on: September 07, 2016, 05:56:08 AM »
I've been brewing this style for a few years and have never been able to get that creamy silky mouth feel.  I've tried a thin  mash at higher temperatures, adding carapils, flaked oats or barley and still never got to the point where I was satisfied.  Any secrets out there that I am missing?  I should also mention that I bottle and don't keg.


Yeast and Fermentation / US-05
« on: May 19, 2016, 01:25:36 PM »
I really don't use dry yeast all that much.  This year I did.  I made four batches with US-05 and every single one was over carbonated.  When I noticed this on the first batch I reduced my priming sugar from 3 oz. of cane sugar to 2 oz. and still over carbonated.  No sign of infection on the neck of the bottle or off taste.  Is this typical with this strain.  I cracked the caps on all the bottles and now they seem fine.

This sound familiar to anyone?


Yeast and Fermentation / White Labs packaging
« on: March 29, 2016, 06:46:27 AM »
Anyone else miss the old tubes of yeast.  I find these new pouches difficult to work with.  Cast your vote.

General Homebrew Discussion / Fat Tire
« on: March 25, 2016, 02:10:56 PM »
All the hype behind bringing this ale to the east coast I was really expecting something terrific.  Just had my first. Very disappointing. Literally no taste. I'm looking for malt. None. Trying to detect hops. None. Is it just me?  Opinions.   Reminds me of the time they brought Coors east back in the early 70's. Same reaction on my part.

All Grain Brewing / Not converting??
« on: March 21, 2016, 05:42:12 AM »
Middle of my mash  7* Vienna, 3* Flaked corn, 1* L. Munich.  After 60 minutes at 150 degrees and 10 minutes at 168 degrees, still coming up black on the iodine test.  Tasted wort and it's sweet.  Any quick opinions.  Gotta move forward on this.


All Grain Brewing / Two row vs. pale malt
« on: March 16, 2016, 03:07:20 PM »
What's the difference really.

All Grain Brewing / Vienna Malt
« on: March 16, 2016, 03:06:05 PM »
Never used Vienna as a base malt. Thinking of doing a basic IPA with it. Mistake?

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