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San Diego Super Yeast
« on: February 20, 2013, 05:55:21 AM »
I used a starter of 2 vials of wlp 060 San Diego Super Yeast, o2 injected, half gallon size starter, on a stir plate for 4 days. It is an 11 gal batch size at a controlled temperature of 66 degrees.

My OG was 1.074 and after 20 days it's now only 1.026.

 
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Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2013, 06:12:15 AM »
I thought this yeast was fast. Do you think I need to raise the temperature? Is it unreal to expect the FG to be around 1.016 ? Any thoughts>?
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Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2013, 07:12:19 AM »
What does your grain bill look like? What was your mash temp?  Both of these can affect final gravity.
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Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2013, 07:18:59 AM »
I thought this yeast was fast. Do you think I need to raise the temperature? Is it unreal to expect the FG to be around 1.016 ? Any thoughts>?

used it a few times and it was both fast and attenuative.  as ethalacker said, need to see the grainbill and mash temp - if it was a stout or something like that which includes a lot of specialty malts and or oatmeal, I could see that being the FG (1.026). 
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Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2013, 08:42:57 AM »
Here is my grain bill:

17.00 lb Golden Promise (2.0 SRM) Grain 55.28 %
5.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 16.26 %
4.75 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 15.45 %
2.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 6.50 %
1.00 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 3.25 %
1.00 lb White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 3.25 %

Mashed at 153 and got 78% brew house efficiency. Fly Sparge.
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Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2013, 08:45:59 AM »
Are you using a refractometer or hydrometer to take your readings?

Also that is a fairly large amount of crystal malts, close to 10%. gonna leave a fair amount of unfermentables.
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Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2013, 09:05:39 AM »
+1.  A ton of unfermentables.  I think it's fermented all it can.
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Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2013, 09:54:05 AM »
i disagree.  10% crystal malts isn't what I'd consider a ton.  I'd still expect him to get in the mid to high teens with that grain bill, OG and yeast combo.  my porter uses 14% crystal malt and I still get 75-76% attenuation with chico.  I think he may have gotten a FUBAR batch of yeast - happens sometimes - when Denny's 50 first came out (when it was 2450 not 1450) it was a PITA to use. 
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Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2013, 09:58:49 AM »
I use a hydrometer. I don't think 3# of crystal (9.75%)  on a 30.75# grain bill is an excessive amount of unfermentables. There's plenty of recipes that call for between 5-10# crystal malts. I wouldn't go higher than 10%. 

I was expecting 75-80% attenuation from this yeast which would give me 1.018 even with the crystal. This yeast has a high tolerance to alcohol, I'm at 6% ABV now.   I just have my doubts after 20 days.

Do you have any tricks to get another 10 points out of it?
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Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« Reply #9 on: February 20, 2013, 10:02:42 AM »
The grain bill is fine,  1.016 is not at all unattainable. The yeast starter of 2qts for 2 vials is inadequate- even if you got the yeast from white labs this morning. And 4 days on the stir plate, why? The temperature is fine also. How old was the yeast, one fermentor or two?

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Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« Reply #10 on: February 20, 2013, 10:26:56 AM »
 <The yeast starter of 2qts for 2 vials is inadequate- even if you got the yeast from white labs this morning. And 4 days on the stir plate, why? The temperature is fine also. How old was the yeast, one fermentor or two?>

I was going to decant and step it up but that didn't happen. I thought 2 vials for 11 gal batch would be enough. No? I usually use one per 5 gal of Ale. Now lagers might use more.

The yeast was just purchased and I don't think it was old. I use one large 15 gal stainless fermentor.
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Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2013, 10:43:57 AM »
Do you have any tricks to get another 10 points out of it?

Get the yeast back in suspension by rocking the carboy gently.  You might want to do this every day until it finishes.

Raise the temp of the fermenter.

I have also pitched an active starter into stalled fermentations, but I don't know how effective this has been as it has been in conjunction with the above two steps.

Don't expect to see a whole new kraesun form.  Check the gravity after a couple days.  If it is dropping, be patient and keep rousing the yeast.
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Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« Reply #12 on: February 20, 2013, 11:17:34 AM »
A number of factors contribute to the amount of yeast needed. Production date, wort size and gravity are at the top of the list. You do need more lager yeast for a comparable ale. For your current batch 6 vials produced today would be adequate. You did make a starter which helped a bit but was still too small.
Mrmalty.com and yeastcalc.com are 2 great tools that I use.

Beano is something I have heard of people using to drop some points on a stopped fermentation, I have never tried it though.

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Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« Reply #13 on: February 20, 2013, 11:32:05 AM »
Beano is something I have heard of people using to drop some points on a stopped fermentation, I have never tried it though.

Please do not use beano.

It will for sure drop a few extra points... then a few more... and a few more. Unless you heat it to denature the enzyme it'll keep chewing through dextrins and long chain sugars until the are gone.

I didn't mean to imply that 10% crystal was out of bounds. just a bit high. I agree it shouldn't result in a 1.026.

I have heard mixed reviews of this yeast's performance in general and one of the things was that it was slow and finicky.

kind of hard to rouse a 15 gallon fermenter though. can you push co2 through the bottom to kick the yeast back into suspension? either through the dump port if a conical or thorugh the 'out' tube if a corny?
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Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« Reply #14 on: February 20, 2013, 03:44:40 PM »
I agree. Don't use Beano. But If all else fails you could try Amylase Enzyme (the active ingredient in Beano). It could help break down some of the unfermantables so the yeast can consume them.

I too had trouble the San Diego yeast. I brewed 3 beers with it and couldn't get any of them to finish below 1.020 - even though they should have.
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