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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Recent use of US05
« on: December 15, 2016, 10:43:54 AM »
I have fermented US-05 at lager temls just as an experiment. I fermented a small batch at 50* with a huge pitch and it dod just fine. It was actually quite lager like too, but still not quite a lager. I dont know if I would donit again, just theiwing it out there after reading the last post.

It has always been reliable for me as a go to Ale yeast but floculation and clarity does seem to vary.

I have heard of others using it at 50F with no issues as well other than it takes a bit longer which is no surprise...

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Beer Recipes / Re: Brown Ale, critique
« on: December 15, 2016, 09:48:09 AM »
It looks great to me but I have very little experience with special roast as well. I can say that I don't think that amount would be too much...

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Beer Recipes / Re: First Porter Recipe
« on: December 15, 2016, 09:33:10 AM »
I think you are going to want more than 3% roasted grain. I think a lot of people use a combination of chocolate and black patent for Porter and chocolate and roasted barley for Stout.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« on: December 14, 2016, 11:55:46 AM »
I transfer directly from the spigot of my speidel and I always end up transferring some yeast. Even if not reusing yeast, it would be a benefit for me to remove the yeast completely before transferring. I guess I should just be looking for a conical in general...

I have thought about the same thing. A conical of some sorts would be cool. But I agree, moving this thing around seems awkward. Getting it down into a chest freezer for fermentation would be interesting.

How do you like those Speidel fermenters anyway?

I love mine. I have adjusted to get a higher final volume however I am still trying to eek out as much beer as possible which leads to some yeast transfer. I may have to increase my volumes again so that I get more than enough.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« on: December 14, 2016, 11:35:03 AM »
I have seen beer skunk in as little as minutes. All light matters.

A VERY hoppy beer in direct string sunlight, yeas...I've seen it in as little as 5 minutes.  But I can't see it being a problem in 99% of cases.

The only experience I have with skunked homebrew is when I have been outside on a sunny day with it in a clear glass. This is the least of my worries....

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Holiday Ale
« on: December 14, 2016, 11:25:21 AM »
How much cinnamon did you use? I assume the cinnamon and orange with come through fine considering the simple recipe. What yeast did you use?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« on: December 14, 2016, 11:10:49 AM »
I don't like the price. They don't have handles which mean moving it outside of the stand would be a PIA and the stand is too big for my chest freezer.

Both great points. Moving it would be PITA

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« on: December 14, 2016, 11:09:50 AM »
Isn't it mostly ultraviolet light that skunks beer? I like to see what's taking place, I know what is happening but still love to see it. I do not harvest yeast so the Catalyst is not something I would look at getting but I have thought about switching to some sort of wide mouth plastic fermenter.

I transfer directly from the spigot of my speidel and I always end up transferring some yeast. Even if not reusing yeast, it would be a benefit for me to remove the yeast completely before transferring. I guess I should just be looking for a conical in general...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« on: December 14, 2016, 10:46:35 AM »
This looks pretty cool. I may replace my Speidel with it if gets good reviews. My main concern would be not enough headspace.

https://craftabrew.com/products/the-catalyst-fermentation-system

I can't imagine why anyone would want to ferment in a clear fermenter.

If it's in a chest freezer, does it matter?

I have seen beer skunk in as little as minutes. All light matters.

Cool. Back to the caves I suppose...

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Catalyst Fermentation
« on: December 14, 2016, 10:40:31 AM »
This looks pretty cool. I may replace my Speidel with it if gets good reviews. My main concern would be not enough headspace.

https://craftabrew.com/products/the-catalyst-fermentation-system

I can't imagine why anyone would want to ferment in a clear fermenter.

If it's in a chest freezer, does it matter? Do you take the fun out of everything?  ;)

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Yeast and Fermentation / Catalyst Fermentation
« on: December 14, 2016, 09:55:30 AM »
This looks pretty cool. I may replace my Speidel with it if gets good reviews. My main concern would be not enough headspace.

https://craftabrew.com/products/the-catalyst-fermentation-system


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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry yeast for Belgian ales. Comments please
« on: December 13, 2016, 02:00:45 PM »
My only experience is with Belle Saison which I love and T58. I like T58 but it produces a very mild Belgian character in my opinion. May have something to do with the fact that I usually ferment in the mid 60s.

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Beer Recipes / Re: IPL / Hoppy Lager advice
« on: December 13, 2016, 10:41:58 AM »
Any thoughts on water?

The current pale ale had a mash pH of 5.3 and 220 ppm SO4. I realize a lot of people have been dialing back SO4 but I am really enjoy what it brings to this beer.

Should I go with something closer to a pilsner water profile?

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Beer Recipes / Re: IPL / Hoppy Lager advice
« on: December 13, 2016, 09:54:08 AM »
Thanks guys. I have a lot to consider.

I am surprised in my current APA that the 20% Munich isn't more noticeable and how light colored the beer is. I had actually considered using 9L next attempt but thought that might over do it. I think I will leave that and see how it goes.

The goal with my pale ale is to do something right in between an APA and IPA (for my tastes) in hop character and ABV so that it kind of fulfills my need for hops without being too overboard and hopped to the levels of a lot of homebrewers. I think that is kind of the goal for the lager as well. Not quite an IPA but getting there. I may back off the IBUs a bit in attempt to get some lager characteristics through.

I have a pretty hoppy pilsner on right now so I am trying to brew something that differentiates itself from that significantly.

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