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Old 10-03-2008, 09:31 PM   #1
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So I made a batch of Kolsch because my yeasts due date was up Sept 30. I made the beer on Oct 1 and put the yeast in yesterday- it has not done a thing yet and I have looked inside and nothing has happened. Is my yeast bad? Can I just buy another Kolsch yeast and pitch that??

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Old 10-03-2008, 09:34 PM   #2
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Actually, the yeast looked at the calendar and said, Sorry, not my yob man. We were done on September 30th.

Seriously, my first time I use WLP029, I pitched a vial and it took 36 hours before I saw any activity in the airlock.

RDWHAHB, and next time, make a starter!

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Old 10-03-2008, 09:38 PM   #3
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If you are near, at, or over the "use by" date on your yeast, you probably still are okay, but you can expect a much longer lag time than if it were fresh. Hang in there, and like Ed said, make a starter next time.


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Starters Starters..............

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I have used this strain once.

I eventually got very good results (made a light session ale for non-craftbrew friends...they said all the homebrew they ever had was "****" but that this was amazing...go figure) with it, but it took a LOT of work.

I too, found it to be incredibly slow.

I had it in primary for a week, gravity was still high.

Waited another week gravity was coming down now...tasted it BUTTER.

So I did a diacetyl(sp) rest at like 75 for a day or two, the butter was then gone.

I have never had a yeast be so difficult with me and I've used most of the White Labs strains!

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If the yeast was kept cold, you have nothing to worry about. But yes, starter, starter, starter.

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My last Kolsch took 6 hours to see evidence of fermentation. One important thing is pitching the proper amount of Healthy yeast as in any case of brewing just not Kolsch's.

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My recent Kolsch (with the White labs yeast and a 1 day starter) took off quick, but took 2 weeks before really active fermentation seemed to slow down enough that I could go to secondary. In secondary it then almost blew off the airlock. Set up a blow off tube, that went for a week before I could put the regular airlock back on. Now it is in week four, the second week in secondary, and it is still bubbling through the airlock steady. I am guessing it will be a good 5 weeks total before I can even think about bottling this one. Haven't tasted the must yet. I wonder if all Kolsches are this way-- the stout I made last month was ready for the bottle in 3 weeks, and I thought that was a high gravity ale. I thoguht Koelsches had much less sugar in them?

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YYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS- Finally! Can you tell I am excited. Well, I put this in on Wednesday morning and it just started its thing-it is now Sunday. Man, was I getting worried that all that boiling and chillin with a homebrew Tuesday night was not going to pay off. OK, now it gets even crazier. What you you guys think about putting apples in the secondary. I have an apple tree and they are damn good- not sure of the kind. I was thinking about putting 5 pounds in there. I made a sour cherry stout and a sour cherry beer back in July and just opened a bottle and it is stellar.

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