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Old 02-19-2009, 02:19 AM   #1
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I've got a heavy duty pilsner (way overshot efficiency estimates with new system). It's still too sweet, but it wouldn't finish with lager yeast.

Has anyone repitched with any particular yeast to finish out a lager? I've heard expirements about champagne and ale yeast pitches to finish them out. I'm not worried about mucking up the batch, I won't drink it as it is and would rather try something to make it drinkable.

on another note, I think the overshooting of gravity may also mean that the hops is low, so I am considering a hop tea addition with some water-boiled high-alphas. opinions on that might help as well.

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Old 02-19-2009, 08:39 AM   #2
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I've got a heavy duty pilsner (way overshot efficiency estimates with new system). It's still too sweet, but it wouldn't finish with lager yeast.

Has anyone repitched with any particular yeast to finish out a lager? I've heard expirements about champagne and ale yeast pitches to finish them out. I'm not worried about mucking up the batch, I won't drink it as it is and would rather try something to make it drinkable.
I tried it twice (Cali-Ale yeats) and it didn't work.
Did you try to rouse the yeast from the bottom and rise the temperature? It may work better...
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:06 PM   #3
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yeah, I did two weeks at house temps.
well, if it doesn't finish a bit in the freezer, maybe I'll just try raising the bitterness and if that doesn't work, water the lawn!

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However, my Saison I dumped on yeast cake after Blond Ale, and this worked. To lagers I added only a small starter of Cali-Ale....

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Old 02-19-2009, 09:47 PM   #5
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hrm, I sampled it this evening and it's actually not too bad. I may be able to get by just letting it sit cold for a month or so. I was aiming for a classic american pilsner, but it's more bock-like. Should end up drinkable, though, which is a releif. I hate pouring out kegs.

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another 5-6 weeks and it's becoming a tolerable thing to drink. It's still a tad sweet, but it's drinkable. Not great, but drinkable.

just wanted to update in case anyone had a similar situation that maybe just sitting around aging can help in some cases.

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