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Yeast and Fermentation / Schneider Weisse - bottle capture success
« on: December 06, 2011, 10:38:08 AM »
I have been trying to clone this beer for a long time now... Every time I tried I would get closer and closer, until one of my brew buddies suggested capturing and culturing the bottle yeast - the only variant I had not messed with up to this point.

I tried sometime last year around this date, but found the bottle dregs to be unresponsive. I waited until the summer because I thought there might be "fresher" bottles available, as there is more product turnover in the hot weather.

I took the dregs of two bottles of Schneider Weisse and stepped it up in a small flask... It took quite a bit of rousing and sterile air to get it going. After it fermented out, I washed it and stored it under sterile water in my yeast fridge... I recently got it going again to see how it would perform.

I had no issues getting it going a second time... 250ml of wort started OK with 30 minutes of sterile air to help it along... stepped up to 500ml, then into about 1.5 gallons of all grain light ale wort I had left over from a recent brew session - it really started to come alive in that all grain wort.

I let the fermentation get a full head of steam and ran out to buy a Muntons wheat beer kit to throw more wort at it... I made up 3.5 gallons of wort and dumped the 1.5 gallons of already fermenting wort on top of it... It took off real quick showing signs of real top cropping ability... I skimmed the brown trub off the top a few times to make sure that stuff did not fall to the bottom after fermentation subsided. This yeast is quite strong and gives a nice bread like smell when fermenting.

After 5 days I racked it off and was surprised by the taste... For a mixed/kit with the wrong hops it tastes pretty similar to a degassed original sample of that beer - The flavor profile is similar to the original but different from other liquid wheat beer yeasts I have tried in the past (and was never quite right)

I let the beer sit on secondary for 1 week then bottled with a mixture of corn sugar and lager yeast... Can't wait to do a side by side taste comparison.

Now I have a nice strong sample under sterile water.

Hopefully the results will be good enough to try a full scale all grain batch soon.

So if your having trouble getting this yeast going from bottle samples, I would suggest waiting till the summer time to do it - seems to have worked for me.

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Pimp My System / some more of my stuff
« on: January 12, 2010, 05:34:55 PM »
Hop plug maker...


2 ton jack (overkill) nylon disks are for pushing and for seperating 1/2 to 1 oz plugs


hop back (purchased) holds 3 oz of cones


growler - 1 gallon mini keg (use to hold vanilla for icecream machine)

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Ingredients / % Rye?
« on: November 28, 2009, 02:53:29 PM »
I love rye beer... my house ale has been an evolving recipe for a while and currently I have been trying to strip it
down a bit to make ingredients last a bit longer - less of everything.

I started out with about 22% rye in this beer with an OG of 1060 and 40 IBU. It's not a rye IPA, it was just meant to be my
house ale... UK pale ale malt, no color or crystal malt, Cascades and Nottingham yeast.

The latest batch was 9.5% rye with an OG of 1045 and 14 IBU of Cascades. Even thought it is a far cry from what I started
with it is still excellent house ale... even more drinkable than that first version.

Even at this small % of rye the flavor still shines thru with a spicy peppery taste.

What I need to know is how low can I go and still taste it?
From what I have read most of the info says that 10% will not be noticeable, but it is in my beer.

Is it more noticeable because there is no crystal in this recipe? Could it be a combination of the malts and yeast I am using?

I was just wondering if anybody else uses this small of a % in there beers and how they percieved it.

(BTW - I still love the high test version)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Danstar Munich dry wheat beer yeast?
« on: November 19, 2009, 06:19:33 PM »
Has anybody tried this stuff? opinions?

Was wondering if it is similar to Fermentis WB-06?

LHBS was blowing some out cheap...

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Pimp My System / Some of my stuff
« on: November 18, 2009, 08:53:51 PM »

my larger system - 30g HLT 45g MT 30g Kettle 2 x 15g Converts




hop dryer


100lb grist hopper/stir paddle

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