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Offline zman51

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Brewers Best American light extract kit
« on: November 09, 2019, 03:11:10 PM »
Hey all

I mainly brew all grain IPA and porters but a friend asked me to brew this extract "American light" kit. I read directions but it said to just ferment at 68f. I thought these bud type beers required colder fermentation? Any tips?


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Re: Brewers Best American light extract kit
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2019, 03:17:22 PM »
Extract kits most likely give you a generic dried ale yeast assuming that people brewing those kits don't have the ability to cold ferment a lager.  They want to make sure the customer has a successful fermentation and gets beer.  Compared to your IPA, the kit will probably still make something closer to a mainstream light beer.  No reason you couldn't substitute your own choice of yeast and fermentation temperature, if you think it's worth the effort.
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Re: Brewers Best American light extract kit
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2019, 04:23:46 PM »
Looks like they include Nottingham yeast in the kit. Notty works well from about 50F to the lower 70s, and will produce a very lager like beer fermenting as high as 60 to 64. I've never tried the lower end, but would bet it would produce a super clean lager.
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Re: Brewers Best American light extract kit
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2019, 04:43:06 PM »
yes.  Nottingham. I have capability to ferm at any temp.  Just want him to end up with good beer.

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Re: Brewers Best American light extract kit
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2019, 07:03:34 PM »
yes.  Nottingham. I have capability to ferm at any temp.  Just want him to end up with good beer.

Nottingham has never a been one of my favorites for a clean yeast.  It will be OK if you dont have other choices, but if possible I'd consider something else.
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Re: Brewers Best American light extract kit
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2019, 07:45:27 PM »
I have safal05?

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Re: Brewers Best American light extract kit
« Reply #6 on: November 09, 2019, 07:51:42 PM »
I have safal05?

Slightly better IMO.  If you like it, go for it.  I'd use Lallemand Diamond or Saflager 34/70, but if you don't have those go for the 05.
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Re: Brewers Best American light extract kit
« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2019, 08:08:24 PM »
Thanks and ferment temp?

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Re: Brewers Best American light extract kit
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2019, 09:20:36 PM »
I’ve read a lot of complains that -05 has a peachy off flavor. My guess is those brewers used 1/2g per liter creating the ester as a sign of stress.

I want to try 1g per liter at 65*F to see what the results will be. My thought is the higher pitch rate will eliminate the stress and therefore the off flavor resulting in a cleaner beer.

Of course, the opposite could result making it a peach bomb. We’ll see.


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Re: Brewers Best American light extract kit
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2019, 04:53:30 AM »
I’ve read a lot of complains that -05 has a peachy off flavor. My guess is those brewers used 1/2g per liter creating the ester as a sign of stress.

I want to try 1g per liter at 65*F to see what the results will be. My thought is the higher pitch rate will eliminate the stress and therefore the off flavor resulting in a cleaner beer.

Of course, the opposite could result making it a peach bomb. We’ll see.


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I have been brewing 2.5-3 gallon batches for years now and have used US-05 11g packs several times. I have gotten the peach ester multiple times. To me it is most pronounced in blonde ales and other beers light on hop and malt flavors that otherwise hide it. When I have brewed pale ales with US-05 I think I can still pick up the peach but it generally blends in well with the citrus hop flavors I tend to use.

I have read that the peach flavor disappears at higher temps. I tend to target 64F fermentation temperature for no good reason. I have read people say 67+ is a better temp for US-05.

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Re: Brewers Best American light extract kit
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2019, 12:45:31 PM »
I’ve read a lot of complains that -05 has a peachy off flavor. My guess is those brewers used 1/2g per liter creating the ester as a sign of stress.

I want to try 1g per liter at 65*F to see what the results will be. My thought is the higher pitch rate will eliminate the stress and therefore the off flavor resulting in a cleaner beer.

Of course, the opposite could result making it a peach bomb. We’ll see.


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I have been brewing 2.5-3 gallon batches for years now and have used US-05 11g packs several times. I have gotten the peach ester multiple times. To me it is most pronounced in blonde ales and other beers light on hop and malt flavors that otherwise hide it. When I have brewed pale ales with US-05 I think I can still pick up the peach but it generally blends in well with the citrus hop flavors I tend to use.

I have read that the peach flavor disappears at higher temps. I tend to target 64F fermentation temperature for no good reason. I have read people say 67+ is a better temp for US-05.

Well, that blows my hypothesis. LOL. Interesting about the temp though.


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Re: Brewers Best American light extract kit
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2019, 05:33:25 PM »
I’ve read a lot of complains that -05 has a peachy off flavor. My guess is those brewers used 1/2g per liter creating the ester as a sign of stress.

I want to try 1g per liter at 65*F to see what the results will be. My thought is the higher pitch rate will eliminate the stress and therefore the off flavor resulting in a cleaner beer.

Of course, the opposite could result making it a peach bomb. We’ll see.


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Re: Brewers Best American light extract kit
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2019, 09:48:02 PM »
ok 65 to 68 with us 05. no need to drop temps drastically?