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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lallemand London ESB Premium Yeast
« on: August 15, 2016, 12:09:25 PM »
Sounded great till the last paragraph speaking of 500g commercially sized pitches. Can't tell if it is saying that is the only size available or not. I would like to try it on homebrew scale though

It is also available in 11 grams  ;D:
Thanks, that's what I get for not following the link to read more about it

Racked 5 gallons of Saison onto blackberries, and am keeping the other half straight (lemon balm was pretty burned out when I went to harvest) but it is tasting great straight. Both halves sitting around 1.006/7 down from 1.052 with a blend of Napolean and 3724. Really liking the ease of use on the Imperial yeast, and will be trying other strains as I brew

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Carboy overflowing with foam
« on: August 15, 2016, 12:00:42 PM »
I'm happy to say that now that I have some larger fermenters, a 7.9g Speidel and a 7.9g stainless "Vessel", my 5.5-6 gallon batches really don't need blowoff tubes anymore. I am sure I will run into a yeast/fermentation that makes me change my mind, but very happy right now. I got really tired of trying to keep the larger tubes cleaned, dried, sanitary between uses and mainly switched to the aforementioned 3 piece airlock conversion to small diameter blow off tube and was much happier

Beer Recipes / Re: Quest for a great blonde ale
« on: August 15, 2016, 11:53:00 AM »
Try this link:
I brewed this last year for our RV trip spanning 12 days of driving, thinking it would be a nice end to each day of driving and get us through all 11 states on our trip having 2-4 per night. The 2 cases did not last through the whole trip, details are in the thread. SWMBO and I loved this brew, and it was my first blonde, many thanks again to IMperry. Need to brew it again, I did however sub in Safale 05 rather than his yeast as that was what I had on hand, turned out great

All Grain Brewing / Re: 5gal igloo cooler
« on: August 15, 2016, 11:37:28 AM »
This is my 1st all grain I got a 5gal igloo cooler What the max on grains in this cooler My  recipe calls for 14 pounds of grains will this fit in this cooler
Simple way it to use a standard of 1.25 quarts of water per 1 lb. of grains.  Some recipes call for more or less water but this is a good starting point.  so for 14 lbs. of grain you would need 4.375 gal. of water.  This is close to max for your cooler but should work and leave enough head space for you to work.
The water should fit, but the water displaced by the grain will add a little less than 1 gallon of needed space, leaving no room to stir, and likely over filling the tun. Go for the 10 gallon cooler. I have been using a 5g igloo for 3.5 gallon batches and it gets very tight when the gravity is a little higher. Great for lagers in the 1.050 range, but had to shift down to 3g for something like Janet's Brown ale at 1.074. YMMV

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Lallemand London ESB Premium Yeast
« on: August 15, 2016, 11:25:21 AM »
Sounded great till the last paragraph speaking of 500g commercially sized pitches. Can't tell if it is saying that is the only size available or not. I would like to try it on homebrew scale though

Going Pro / Re: Congrats Majorvices!
« on: August 14, 2016, 04:02:43 PM »
Well done, will make it there one day

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I feel like an olypian.
« on: August 12, 2016, 04:38:14 PM »
That's an awesome score! Without placing, you will just have to enjoy drinking the rest of the batch. I think you can make that happen

The Pub / Re: Need Your Vote - 2016 Beer Drinker of the Year
« on: August 11, 2016, 11:49:46 AM »
And another

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3711
« on: August 11, 2016, 11:46:49 AM »
As a different angle, I sampled my saison at 9 days(1 fermentor) and the other at 10 days. The main object of these tastings were to see where fermentation was at, before racking to secondary this weekend. 1 will get blackberries and the other will get fresh picked lemon balm. I was happy to see that they were both already down from 1.052 to 1.006/7 and both samples tasted great. The yeast was a combination of Napolean from Imperial and 3724. I got a very pronounced spiciness that previous batches with 3724 and 3711 or just 3724 never had after packaging. With those batches, I did not sample that early though and ferm temps were regulated higher than room temp as this year's batches have been. I am confident that going to secondary this weekend is good timing at 2 weeks from pitch as long as I make sure to bring along plenty of yeast in the transfers. Little bit different story, but just another data point in my saison experience

All Grain Brewing / Re: Red Ale
« on: August 11, 2016, 09:55:37 AM »
Very nice color, like it a lot

Right there with you Jon!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Imperial Yeast
« on: August 10, 2016, 08:52:26 AM »
I know it's a mixed culture with Napoleon and 3724 for my saison, but it has taken my 1.052 wort down to 1.006/7 9 days out from pitching.  First sample was great last night, and a bit spicier than I remember when using 3724 and 3711. My ferm schedule also changed a bit, but actually a little on the lower side. Right now I am very happy with what the Napoleon seems to be bringing to the batch. Racking to secondary this weekend on blackberries and lemon balm. So final results are still to come

The Pub / Re: Maui - Hawaii Sea Spirits
« on: August 08, 2016, 06:27:59 PM »
Must have missed that on my trip to Maui back in 2007. Next time

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Ya gotta have choices....
« on: August 08, 2016, 12:19:46 PM »
No automation, but otherwise right there with you Denny. Started with a 50 qt, added a 70 qt extreme, and just yesterday finished conversion of my 2 new 5 gallon beverage coolers for the 3.5 gallon batches I have been playing with this year. I brew 12-15 days per year, and can now do about any size batch i want to, up to 10 gallons medium gravity. Way too much gear for my brewing frequency, but the different size options make it ideal

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