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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: making two yeast starters
« on: October 04, 2011, 05:44:16 AM »
How big of a flask?  According to Mr. Malty, a 10 gallon batch ( 2 x 5 gallons ) at 1.050 on a stir plate would require a 1 liter starter with 2 vials.   I don't see why you can make a starter, pitch half and then save the rest in the fridge for the next day.

Are they both ales and are you using the same yeast for both?  This would be a good solution......

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: making two yeast starters
« on: October 04, 2011, 05:23:59 AM »
Start one today or tomorrow.  Let it make yeasties overnight, transfer to a sterilized gatorade bottle or similar and place in fridge.  Start #2 same process.  Cool and let sit in fridge.  Take out morning of brew day, decant and let warm.  Add some water, swirl and pitch.  Then have a homebrew..... ;)

Nope.  If the fermenter was closed, you just stirred it up and released CO2 trapped in the cake which is actually a good thing to do after opening the fermenter and pitching more yeast....

I agree on the worn out slurry.  The yeasties were worn out from the big IPA and got lazy in 1.051 gravity.  Also agree that if you tried to purposely get O2 in the fermenter at 1.018 after pitching the US-05, you probably did and oxydized the beer creating off-flavors.  You technically may not have under-pitched, just pitched too much worn out yeast......

If it's oxydized, there is not much to be done.....

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Basic Yeast Stock List for LHBS
« on: October 04, 2011, 04:35:28 AM »
Going to need some 810 San Fran Lager to make Steam Beers.  My personal fav!   ;)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reusing Dry Yeast
« on: October 04, 2011, 04:33:38 AM »
It was a serious pitch but I wanted to account for the 1.067 OG.  First bubble in about an hour.....

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Infection...?
« on: October 03, 2011, 01:57:10 PM »
Could be a lot of factor including the above.  DWRAHAHB!   ;)

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reusing Dry Yeast
« on: October 03, 2011, 01:55:22 PM »
WOW!  I pitched all the US-05 slurry from my Red Ale in to the Pumpkin Ale.  It was flowing out of the blow off tube in about 2 hours!  You're not kidding it's a beast.

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Real or canned pumpkin?
« on: October 03, 2011, 11:44:22 AM »
Use the smaller pie pumpkins, cut in to quarters, and bake at 350F for 1 hour.  Place in to the mash. 

Add spices for the last 10 minutes of the boil.  You'll like the result!   ;D


All Grain Brewing / Re: lagerering vessel
« on: October 03, 2011, 11:39:55 AM »
+1.  Good advice above.  Fully ferment out  in primary.  I always keg for lagering. 


Brewed Pumpkin Ale followed by a Vienna Lager.  Both came out GREAT!  Almost got my first 90% efficiency on the Vianna Lager.  Ended up at 88.8%!   ;D

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain equipment checklist
« on: September 29, 2011, 08:27:01 AM »
A wort chiller is a huge plus but not necessary if you have a large wash basin or similar to make an ice bath.  If you are going to go with it though, check out this link:

I priced out making it myself versus buying it here and it was actually a little less to buy it with a lot less hassle.  I bought the 1/2" x 50' and it is awesome.....


Yeast and Fermentation / Reusing Dry Yeast
« on: September 29, 2011, 06:11:35 AM »

I've been reusing yeast for a while now, but pitched some dry US-05 in my red-ale.  I just kegged it and again, added some distilled water, swirled up the yeast cake and poured in to a container.  Got the typical separation, but it's liquid and trub.  There is no middle layer as with liquid yeast.

Can someone fill me in on what I am missing?  I figure I just save the trub with a little liquid on top and go with it.


All Grain Brewing / Re: "Defusion" mash
« on: September 23, 2011, 02:06:03 PM »
This sounds like a clusterfuction  ;D way to much work...

Ahhhh, but the rewards are well worth the clusterfuction....... ;)

Equipment and Software / Re: Tempature control for fermentation chamber
« on: September 23, 2011, 01:30:21 PM »
I have two Johnson A419's for my beer cooler and my lagering fridge.  They have exceeded my expectations.


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