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If buying new, I would make a cardboard cutout of the diameter of your carboy and take it with you to the store.  I'm only assuming you want two to fit on the bottom at one time. 


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2112 fermentation plan
« on: June 19, 2012, 05:08:08 AM »
What i guess I wonder is....well....
what if it does NOT hold lager characteristics? Does it then morph to ale characteristics?
And if so, will it still make Beer?

Definitely, but with some fruity esters.  I had a Steam Beer that got up over 70F on me.  It was still good, but had fruity overtones.   


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 87.9% apparent attenuation...
« on: June 18, 2012, 08:59:27 AM »
I just got 86.5% with 1056.  Beer tastes great.  I wouldn't worry about yours.

+1.  That strain just goes a little crazy sometimes....

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: 2112 fermentation plan
« on: June 18, 2012, 05:41:15 AM »
Yep, the whole idea around the strain is that is holds lager characteristics at higher temps.  I typically ferment 2112 around 65F.  70F is a little high but not extreme.  I'd be interested to hear how it comes out.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: conditioning time in keg
« on: June 09, 2012, 05:42:52 AM »
2 weeks in primary for Ales and 3 weeks for Lagers on average.  Could deviate due to bigger beers, lot's of hops, etc....  Keg condition 2+ weeks for ales and 4+ weeks for lagers depending again on the style and whether I have room on tap.....


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: when is fermentation through
« on: May 30, 2012, 08:04:18 AM »
The best way to know is when you have consecutive hydrometer readings that are the same over a few days.  Your beer is probably done, but I would still leave it in primary for at least 2 weeks to finish out and clean up.  If you are used to a 3 week cycle, then leave it in primary for 3 weeks.  No harm.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lager Yeast Harvest
« on: May 30, 2012, 05:41:46 AM »
i think june is the perfect time to brew a fest.  done fermenting in mid july.  lager finished in mid september, few weeks for conditioning.  in fact i need to prep one.

Traditionally I think Oktoberfests were brewed in April, so June would actually be late!

+1 to not using the yeast after fining.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: White Labs San Diego Superyeast!
« on: May 30, 2012, 05:39:19 AM »
I guess I'm brand-loyal.

Funny how that goes, isn't it? I used a Wyeast pack once, had a bad experience with it that likely had nothing to do with the quality of the product, yet now I never use anything that doesn't start with WLP.

I had a bad experience with some WL830 and have used only Wyeast since.  I do however think the smack pack is easier to handle.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Waiting to use yeast
« on: May 25, 2012, 05:13:18 AM »
For a week you're probably fine just leaving it in the fridge and just using it when you're reading.  Longer and you probably want to throw some fresh starter wort on top.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Pitching dry yeast without rehydrating
« on: May 25, 2012, 05:12:27 AM »
+1 to taking an extra 5 minutes to rehydrate.....

Beer Recipes / Re: Kronenbourg 1664 Clone
« on: May 25, 2012, 04:34:37 AM »
We went with the recipe as is except I subbed in the 2124 for the 2308.  It's bubbling away with a nice thick Krausen at 50F.  Phil, I'll try to remember to post whether it came out like Kro or the much better Clonenbourg.  I have some high hopes for this beer.  The Strisselspalt smelled great in the boil!



Yeast and Fermentation / Re: High temperature yeasts
« on: May 24, 2012, 06:36:25 AM »
Hope you like Saisons and Farmhouse ales.

+1 to that as well as it's all you will be able to brew until you introduce temperature control.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: High temperature yeasts
« on: May 24, 2012, 04:31:39 AM »
The only thing that is even in the ballpark would be a saison, but even then you really want to start that off in the 60's before you start to let it rise.

Google "swamp cooler fermentation" and see if you can find a rig that will work for you...


All Grain Brewing / Re: completed my first all grain
« on: May 23, 2012, 04:47:16 AM »
Welcome to the addiction!   ;D

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