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Re: Who Has Experienced BRY-97 Slow Start?
« Reply #30 on: August 31, 2018, 01:42:35 AM »
I am dredging up an old thread due to another odd BRY-97 behavior. I expect the usual slow start ...but usually once it takes off (it took 2 days) it’s a fairly vigorous ferment and fast ~4/5 day finisher in my experience. But I have a Pale Ale that’s been in the fermenter 11 days and the hydrometer is still floating high (~1.024-ish) ...and still bubbling away in the blow off jar. 9 days fermenting. Odd.


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Re: Who Has Experienced BRY-97 Slow Start?
« Reply #31 on: August 31, 2018, 02:04:05 PM »
I am dredging up an old thread due to another odd BRY-97 behavior. I expect the usual slow start ...but usually once it takes off (it took 2 days) it’s a fairly vigorous ferment and fast ~4/5 day finisher in my experience. But I have a Pale Ale that’s been in the fermenter 11 days and the hydrometer is still floating high (~1.024-ish) ...and still bubbling away in the blow off jar. 9 days fermenting. Odd.


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That is odd. I would suspect something besides the BRY-97. Maybe your thermometer went bad and you didn’t mash at the right temperature? or somehow you have more unfermentable starches than expected.


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Re: Who Has Experienced BRY-97 Slow Start?
« Reply #32 on: August 31, 2018, 03:49:23 PM »
I went thru troubleshooting steps because I thought the same thing. However, it is still bubbling away indicating it’s still fermenting. If I had unfermentables it would be done I’d think. I’ll take another sample tonight or tomorrow and see if the gravity is still (slowly) dropping.


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Re: Who Has Experienced BRY-97 Slow Start?
« Reply #33 on: August 31, 2018, 05:18:36 PM »
I went thru troubleshooting steps because I thought the same thing. However, it is still bubbling away indicating it’s still fermenting. If I had unfermentables it would be done I’d think. I’ll take another sample tonight or tomorrow and see if the gravity is still (slowly) dropping.


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Re: Who Has Experienced BRY-97 Slow Start?
« Reply #34 on: August 31, 2018, 05:36:45 PM »
I agree. ...that’s why I’ll continue to take hydrometer samples.


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Re: Who Has Experienced BRY-97 Slow Start?
« Reply #35 on: August 31, 2018, 09:54:30 PM »
I've had a 24 hour startup time with that yeast at 66F but nothing like days. For other reasons, I'm quitting that yeast after three brews. Nothing crisp and won't clarify after a month or more. The beers are cloyingly sticky tasting with an annoying aftertaste. I brewed a batch twice using BRY97 in one fermenter and SO5 in the other. No comparison. There are lots of good reviews for BRY97 but not from me. I do like Lallemand in general.

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Re: Who Has Experienced BRY-97 Slow Start?
« Reply #36 on: August 31, 2018, 10:47:46 PM »
That’s an interesting experience. I think that US-05 adds a fruity ‘tone’ that I don’t get from BRY-9 which I find much ‘cleaner’.   That’s ok in some beers I guess. I have had good clarity from both.

I just never experienced the LONG ferment like I am this time around. Those bubbles in the airlock are definitely fermentation bubbles.


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Re: Who Has Experienced BRY-97 Slow Start?
« Reply #37 on: September 01, 2018, 02:32:40 AM »
97 has freaked me out every time I’ve used it. (3) That was enough for me. Slow as heck to get going and wasn’t what I was looking for.


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Who Has Experienced BRY-97 Slow Start?
« Reply #38 on: September 07, 2018, 06:50:02 PM »
Well it finally finished at 1.010 ~77% attenuation Weds. I took my second reading today. Weirdest ferment I’ve seen to date.

The hydrometer sample taste like a typical Amer Pale Ale with Cascade. (I can’t eat grapefruit so this is my fix.) I’ll cold crash, fine, and carb it so it’ll be ready for the Homebrew Fest next weekend.


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