I sampled an Imperial Mild at a brew-in once and was told be the brewer it was a mistake - came out much higher gravity than he was shooting for. It was still good even though I do think it's an oxymoron.
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Is it best to cool down in the primary fermentor before racking to secondary or is it better just to rack to secondary after fermentation is finished? I still have a considerable amount of cloudiness in the beer.
How are you generating your steam?
Don’t cool down the beer. Even if you do it slowly the yeast may go dormant.
I like the Sorbent Systems VS280. Had mine for almost a year and no problems. Advantage is it will seal Mylar oxygen barrier bags which the seal-a-meal type won't.
Stirring VS Recirculating? Is one better? I think the motors vs pumps and the effort required are probably equal. So does anyone see a definite benefit of one over the other?
This should explain what you are seeing: http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Understanding_Attenuation
I have been able to show that 002 and a lager yeast can reach the same FG if both are roused regularly.