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Yeast and Fermentation / Caribou Slobber with Windsor Ale yeast
« on: February 15, 2016, 09:43:16 AM »
Brewed Northern Brewers Caribou Slobber with Windsor Ale yeast. Never used Windsor before. I experimented with it to try for a higher FG of 1.013 to 1.014. Typical FG's have been 1.011 to 1.012. Two days ago I checked the SG on the Caribou Slobber. SG was 1.019. This was after 14 days in the fermentor. Thought there could be a problem when the krausen fell after three days fermenting at 64° to 65°F.

Did some more reading about Windsor. Many reports of only achieving 61% attenuation. At least mine came out at 65%. Last night I added a 0.5 liter starter at high krausen of WY 1056. Estimated pitch of 144 billion cells. Within a couple of hours fermentation activity began. Still going this morning. Slow but steady. Sure hope it works. I'd be satisfied with 1.014 at this point.

Pretty sure the Cascade hop aroma will not stay in the beer. The yeast I used was harvested from the last Dead Ringer IPA.

All Things Food / Starsan and tomato paste
« on: May 15, 2013, 10:36:37 PM »
The quantity of tomato paste in my recipes typically will not require the entire 6 oz can.  Two months ago I tried an experiment.  After one tablespoon of paste was used I scraped down the inside of the can fairly well and sprayed with enough Starsan to form a thin layer of the solution.  Covered the can with a double layer of plastic wrap held on with a rubber band.  No mold yet.

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