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Offline Beer Team USA

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Fermenting a porter under pressure
« on: July 25, 2022, 07:18:32 pm »
First time fermenting under pressure.  Using a Fermzilla All Rounder.  The recipe says to ferment at 65°F without pressure.  Does adding pressure, say 11 or 12 PSI allow me to ferment at a higher temp, say 71°F, and for a shorter amount of time, say one week instead of two?

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Re: Fermenting a porter under pressure
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2022, 11:57:00 pm »
The main supposed benefit from pressure fermentation is supressing ester formation, and this is usually with regards to lager yeast. I don't know if it has the same benefits with ale yeast, and more importantly, I'm not sure that it has the same effect on reducing fusel alcohol formation that it allegedly has on ester formation. Fusels may be more of an issue than esters when pushing fermentation temps on ales. What yeast strain are you using? In a porter you may actually want more of those esters anyways. Also, going from 65F to 71F fermentation temp is not going to knock a week off of your fermentation time.

I don't think you're likely to cause a lot of harm, so by all means try it out and let us know how it goes if you want. That said, I don't see a huge potential benefit.
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Re: Fermenting a porter under pressure
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2022, 08:11:28 am »
When I was in Australia I heard Chris White give a presentation about pressure fermentation, based on results of an experiment between White and Blichmann. I talked to him about it afterwards. The takeaway was that you need to match yeast strain, pressure and temp. After talking with Chris, I decided that it was too finicky and uncertain for me.  YMMV.
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