I really like this beer. Made it a few times now. You hould ry it.
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Because commercial beer is absurdly expensive. $10-15 six packs and $7-10 bombers! Sours are even worse. I don't mind putting in the work and time in honing my ability to make good beers.
I drink commercial when I am out to eat, but I only buy a six pack or two per month.
It's also why I make my own pizza dough. Pizza restaurants are expensive and I can make 8 pizzas worth of dough for the price of one premade dough. Mine is better too.
If you use an HDPE jerry can (AKA "cube") you will be fine. You can dunk it into a bin full of water to cool it. Make sure the cap is on tight. I have used plate chillers and immersion chillers and I have now settled on this approach. The wort will be sterile in the sealed container. Just wait till it is at pitching temp, then pitch. I have done dozens of batches like this now with results as good as if not better than using a wort chiller. Save yourself water and time, keep it simple.
I've seen several people use this strain, like you with good success on the first batch, but I have seen far fewer results on a repitch. It's definitely unusual that the yeast would underperform on its second round. Normally yeast acclimate better to beer fermentations in subsequent pitches.
I'd be curious to know more about your pitch on the most recent beer. How old was the slurry? Did you make a starter or aerate the wort? How warm did you ferment this? It may just be a finicky strain like 3724.
You may want to reach out to OYL and see what they have to say.
Didn't do a starter as the yeast slurry was only a week old. I pitched at70 and kept it in a water bath for the entire time. because of the wide fermentation range i didn't worry to much about it. Do u think i should throw some us05 on it to chew up some of the sugars? Its too sweet as is and i think the yeast is done now.
Maybe plateau is the proper word, so long as it doesn't imply summit. And it's not a boredom thing, I still look forward to brewing. I'm actually brewing right now. Its more of a plateau/rut as far as trying to learn new stuff, explore new styles, bla bla bla.
The brew day is fun and relaxing, the beer is good, I just don't care anymore about science and proving things.
This is too funny... Main reason I can't brew is a backlog of wooddorking stuff.
Doesn't that hurt your privates?