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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Giga Yeast
« on: March 25, 2014, 08:40:16 AM »
My starter could have used a blow off tube!  Took off in 3 hours.
I'm pretty sure it's their version of WLP001 and I'm going to use it in a IIPA this Sunday. I made a 2L starter and split it up into 2 jars and will keep one jar for a future brew but will step up the other jar for the brew this weekend. I figure if I'm paying this much, I want to keep some around for a few more batches.
At this early stage, I'm happy with it so far. The true test will be when I drink the beer.

you did realize you were paying more because it was 200bn cells versus 100bn in wyeast or white labs, right?
Oh yeah I knew that and that's the reason I wanted a big starter so that I can store a few jars for the future.  I'm a cheapo.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Giga Yeast
« on: March 25, 2014, 06:23:14 AM »
My starter could have used a blow off tube!  Took off in 3 hours.
I'm pretty sure it's their version of WLP001 and I'm going to use it in a IIPA this Sunday. I made a 2L starter and split it up into 2 jars and will keep one jar for a future brew but will step up the other jar for the brew this weekend. I figure if I'm paying this much, I want to keep some around for a few more batches.
At this early stage, I'm happy with it so far. The true test will be when I drink the beer.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Giga Yeast
« on: March 23, 2014, 05:34:42 PM »
I bought mine from Farmhouse and they didn't have the 'conan' when I ordered it but I plan to try some.
I made a starter at noon today and  3 hours later its gangbusters.  Its' 1 month old  so it's very viable.

It'll be a while before I know how th is works out.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Giga Yeast
« on: March 23, 2014, 10:45:29 AM »
Anyone try Giga Yeast and have an opinion?  I've got the GY001, which I think is their version of the WLP001 that I'm going to try next week.
I'm making a huge starter, even though it supposedly has 200 billion cells but I'm going to store some for future use.
I can't find any reviews anywhere on their yeast but figured I'd give it a try just because. 
http://www.gigayeast.com/norcal-ale-1-gy001

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Tap It IPA
« on: February 15, 2014, 04:18:08 PM »
Thanks, I'd very much appreciate finding out whatever you can. 

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General Homebrew Discussion / Tap It IPA
« on: February 15, 2014, 01:25:01 PM »
Any happen to have a recipe of this beer? A friend tried some recently, loved it and asked if I could find a recipe and brew it.  A net search didn't seem to find anything.
I've written the brewery but am not expecting them to share but you never know.  But if someone has tried this, I'd like to ask if you'd share the recipe.
Thanks

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I don't keep count but I brew mostly 6 gallon batches twice a month and a few times more than that so about 70-75 gallons.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: How long to boil to rid chlorine?
« on: September 01, 2013, 02:35:32 PM »
My water board has 3 homebrewers that work there and they tell me by the time the water gets to me, the chlorine in it is pretty much not enough to worry about but suggested I use a campden tablet for the chloramine.
They also said it would be a good idea to let my water sit out over night and much of it will dissipate.  I've done that for over a year and have no problems related to water. I always use 5.2 stabilizer as well.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Alcohol taste
« on: September 01, 2013, 02:31:25 PM »
I appreciate the suggestions.  I guess my main concern is how I got the fusel alcohol.  Obviously the temps went higher than my gauge indicated???????
Never had this happen to me in all my years of brewing even when I know things got too hot.  Guess I'm still batting a great average and will just sit and wait and taste every few weeks to see how it comes out.  Got a few bottled but I doubt that will improve.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Alcohol taste
« on: August 31, 2013, 08:46:28 PM »
Just took another small taste test of a clone of Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous and though it's not 100% carbed, it's close. However, it's got a strong alcohol taste. It was supposed to come out at about 9% which I would understand would have some of that but mine, unless I measured one of both readings incorrectly, came out at just under 6.5%. (I had too much water and didn't have time to boil it all off so I was off a good bit from expected OG)

It did hit 72-73 for a short while after I pitched US-04 and it started fermenting but I got it down to 66 in just a few hours. I'm thinking fusel alcohol though I pitched the correct amount of yeast. It's not bad but the alcohol is covering up the flavor. It's within the range listed on the package but I'm not sure how long it stayed at 72-73 but no more than a few hours.

Is it likely that time will help with this taste dissipate?

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Beer Recipes / Racer 5 anyone
« on: July 03, 2013, 12:56:55 PM »
Anyone have a Racer 5 recipe they care to share that they think is pretty good?  I've send BYO but the hops look very low to me.  A search here found an old recipe that also didn't seem to match up to what it tastes like to me.

I've pretty much sucked with almost every Stone recipe I've tried......I've made good beer and that's cool but not close to what  I was trying to achieve.

Thanks

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: The skinny on Denny's 1450
« on: January 10, 2013, 09:57:04 AM »
Checked mine again this morning and I'm only getting airlock activity every 25 seconds or so.  I'll check gravity when I dry hop next week.
It's strange that I've posted this question on 3 beer forums and the answers are the same.....about half say that it acts pretty much normal as the other yeasts and the other half stating it's a slow mover.  Matters not to me as long as I have good beer. I'm patient and pretty much have my brewing down with excellent results and I don't expect this one to be any different in the end.

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Yeast and Fermentation / The skinny on Denny's 1450
« on: January 08, 2013, 06:09:33 PM »
I've only used 1450 once before and it was good but it was weird as far as it's activity.
First time I used LHBS yeast and made a small starter.  This time I used washed yeast and I made a 2000 ml starter for a 1.069 beer.  Usually my yeast starters are beasts, go crazy and are easy to see activity for 3-4 days.
But both times, the 1450 starts anemic, and isn't that volatile and visible activity is only 2 days. Now it's too early for me to care enough to check gravity but is this what I should be seeing?

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Kegging newbie question.
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:22:20 PM »
Keep in mind that if your tank is in the kegerator, it will show as less full which confused me at first. But, like others have said, before you keg, charge the keg to about 30 psi and check for leaks. Grease the rings and keep the poppets clean and you should be golden.

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Ingredients / Re: 2012 Hop Crop?
« on: November 13, 2012, 02:48:51 PM »
Farmhouse Brewing Supply should have some Simcoe in tomorrow.

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