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Offline aviking427

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Need some advice!!!
« on: October 13, 2011, 05:00:02 PM »
I was planning on brewing a 10 gallon batch of Dopplebock this weekend and am about to get my starter going when I realized the 3 yeast packs are from May 3, 2011. (Bringing my 17 month old son ingredient shopping.....BAD IDEA). According to MRMALTY.COM, my yeast viability is only 10%. Do you think I'll be able to get a large enough starter going by Sunday if I make it tonight? My thought was to do a 5 gallon starter with the 3 packs, decant and do it again Saturday morning with that same yeast cake for a Sunday pitch. I was going to call tomorrow to see if they had gotten more packs. (Wyeast 2206) I am using a stir plate with oxygenated wort and yeast nutrients.

Thoughts? If i don't brew this weekend I'm not brewing for another 2 weeks and thats not gonna make me a happy camper.
« Last Edit: October 13, 2011, 05:04:38 PM by aviking427 »
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Re: Need some advice!!!
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2011, 01:56:35 AM »
I would brew a lower alcohol beer like a Dunkel or Helles to get my yeast count up and then use the yeast cake from that to ferment the Doppel Bock in 2 weeks. The timing should work out well.
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Re: Need some advice!!!
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2011, 04:56:26 AM »
Great advice.... I didn't think of that. Thanks!!!!!!
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Re: Need some advice!!!
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2011, 05:14:17 AM »
Yep, that's how I grow up yeast for high gravity beers as well - by starting with lower gravity beers.
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Re: Need some advice!!!
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2011, 05:28:15 AM »
I would brew a lower alcohol beer like a Dunkel or Helles to get my yeast count up and then use the yeast cake from that to ferment the Doppel Bock in 2 weeks. The timing should work out well.

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Re: Need some advice!!!
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2011, 08:36:50 AM »
Yep, that's how I grow up yeast for high gravity beers as well - by starting with lower gravity beers.
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Re: Need some advice!!!
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2011, 02:58:40 PM »
Awesome! I got my ingredients for a munich helles today and they had some fresh packs of 2206, so i grabbed a few of them and will be brewing a tasty starter tomorrow.

Thanks all!!!
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