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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter help
« on: August 04, 2014, 02:18:17 PM »
Sorry, I thought I had posted about it......it was perfect.  I didn't have time to cold crash and decant but it was going well.  Not as much krausen likely due to all the extra Fermcap but in all my years of brewing, I've never had airlock activity within 4 hours before. 
A week later I checked gravity and it's almost done but so far, I'm pleased. Of course I wont' really know for sure until it's completely done. It's a Coconut IPA and I still need to dry hop as well as add more coconut in the keg while its carbing.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Bland IPA w/ lots of late hops?!?
« on: July 30, 2014, 10:40:45 AM »
I decided to try some water treatment as many of my IPA's haven't been as hoppy and flavorful and aromatic as I liked. So far, after just 1 completed brew, I notice a difference using less than my normal amount of hops. I have a second brew fermenting and if I notice some difference, I'll likely forget about hopstanding and save brew day time and just do late additions with some dry hopping. 
So, take a look at your water as it might just be that simple.

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I bought one after seeing it at the NHC, but anything similar would work, too:

http://www.cool-brewing.com
I have 2 of these now and in my 78 degree house in the summer, 2 quart frozen bottles keep my temps 65-66 by changing them out every 12 hours or so. Last fall, while still warm in my area, I was able to keep temps right at 60 with 4 bottles going after a few days to reach that temperature.
This week, I put one bag inside the other to see what would happen and my fermenter did fit and 1 quart bottle keeps it at 68 changing every 12 hours. 
For me the trick is to chill my beer (with a pump  and ice after using tap water in the chiller) to 65 to get started. Then when fermentation gets going and wants to go above 70, I've already had 2 frozen jugs in place to keep things below 70.
I've used them almost 2 years now.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter help
« on: July 26, 2014, 11:54:05 AM »
I've used it for years but not an overdose of it. 
I am seeing much more activity and guess I was even more impatient than I thought I was.  I almost always see something in 24 hours and got skiddish when I didn't and thought maybe the yeast was completely dead.

I likely won't be able to cold crash and decant but that's ok.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast starter help
« on: July 26, 2014, 08:38:02 AM »
Odd that 45 minutes after writing this, I have a very small, white lining starting to form. 
Guess I'm a bit too OCD with yeast though I've had better luck with this same yeast that was 7 months old.
I really think the Fermcap has something to do with this.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast starter help
« on: July 26, 2014, 07:58:59 AM »
I made a just under 2000ml yeast starter with 2 vials of my harvested 007 yeast which was 4 months old. The starter is at 1.038. After 14 hours, I have nothing going on. When I first started working with yeast, I had a few like this that I used anyway and they worked but not very well. Since I'm not going to be needing it for another 24 hours, I definitely have time to see what will happen but if I still see nothing, should I use it?
Other info is that I accidentally added a bit more Fermcap to my flask on the stove when making the starter. I've read it might lessen the krausen but don't know if it would eliminate it either.

Here's what it looks like after 14 hours as well as a 3 month old jar of the 007 from another beer I can add to the beer if it looks like this is a dead starter. Guess I could take a gravity reading before pitching and see where it is, that would tell me something.
Opinions requested.




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Kegging and Bottling / Re: PBW in corny kegs
« on: July 14, 2014, 02:20:58 PM »
Thanks guys!

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Kegging and Bottling / PBW in corny kegs
« on: July 14, 2014, 11:30:38 AM »
Is leaving PBW (or even Star San for that matter) in my corny kegs for weeks a problem?  I'm curious if long exposure to PBW might be bad for it but can't find any info on it.

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Reproducing/Culturing Yeast
« on: May 30, 2014, 09:52:31 AM »
Often I make a start 2 to 2 1/2 times larger than needed and then save half or more for later use. I then make a double size starter the next time and continue 4-5 generations.  Sometimes I'll grab some yeast from the fermenter and wash it for future use. I've cut down on using dry yeast by 75% and brew every 2-3 weeks and probably only bought yeast 3 times last year.

The only downside is if you use many different styles of yeast. I keep 3-4 different strands of yeast in the fridge most of the year.  Big money savings for me.

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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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