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Old 09-25-2012, 01:11 AM   #1
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I am looking forward to brewing something Thursday night. Not exactly sure what. I was going to pick a style today. Should I make a starter with this new smack pack? Mercifully use an aging smack pack. Or, use this Saison yeast I harvested? Tonight was going to be starter night.

Then at 3pm I got a call from daycare. "Pick up your daughter. She has a fever and has thrown up." Great. So after leaving work early, a doctor visit, a trip to the pharmacy, and getting the kids fed and to bed (mom is a night nurse so I'm flying solo) I am just sitting down to dinner and a home brew. A Starter ain't gonna happen. Maybe not tomorrow either.

But, no fear! I have Safale 0-5 on hand. Brewing will happen. It always makes great beer and is ready in a pinch.

I love dry yeast.

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Old 09-25-2012, 01:12 AM   #2
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If only Fermentis would release the myriad varieties the other 2 "big guys" offer...

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Old 09-25-2012, 01:21 AM   #3
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I always keep a pack or 2 of dry yeast on hand, for just such a situation. Really, the only thing you need liquid yeast for is if you really want the beer to conform to a specific style, since there are so many more strains to choose from. But if you just need to brew a good tasting beer, dry yeast works great.

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Old 09-25-2012, 01:28 AM   #4
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Yo. I have three boys, the oldest being a little over 3 1/2. So lets say someone is always sick and crying. Lol. They all go to daycare so were about ready to hunker down for the cold season even though we never really got a break this summer from colds. So I hear what your saying. Now my extract brew day starts at 10:00pm. I love brewing though so ill stay up late. I just took about 7 months off because of the new baby but now I'm in full swing with a amber ale, hard cider, and Melamel raspberry. Starting a pumpkin ale next week. Well peace out. Check out my YouTube channel hymiesbrew.

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I always keep a pack or 2 of dry yeast on hand, for just such a situation. Really, the only thing you need liquid yeast for is if you really want the beer to conform to a specific style, since there are so many more strains to choose from. But if you just need to brew a good tasting beer, dry yeast works great.

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But I will use liquid yeast to style if I plan ahead and have the time. I also freeze yeast vials so I have 8-9 styles but it takes a week to get them going.
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I keep SO4, SO5, and a Nottingham ale or two lying around and really value the convenience as you say. I actually used an S33 on a whim a while back on a session bitter where the yeast didn't take (OK, I sat on the yeast for way too long and didn't do a starter, my fault) but the point being it is a nice, light belgian yeast! Quite tasty. When I say light, I mean yeast flavor, some belgian yeasts are a little strong flavor-wise for me. I was on another thread asking about the BRY-97 which is the Danstar west coast yeast, a new one. Sounds like a slow starter though. So there are a few out there but more would be good.

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Old 09-25-2012, 01:46 AM   #7
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Yo. I have three boys, the oldest being a little over 3 1/2. So lets say someone is always sick and crying. Lol. They all go to daycare so were about ready to hunker down for the cold season even though we never really got a break this summer from colds. So I hear what your saying. Now my extract brew day starts at 10:00pm. I love brewing though so ill stay up late. I just took about 7 months off because of the new baby but now I'm in full swing with a amber ale, hard cider, and Melamel raspberry. Starting a pumpkin ale next week. Well peace out. Check out my YouTube channel hymiesbrew.
I hear ya. My girl is 10 mos and the boy 2 1/2 yrs. Someone is always sick. It goes in waves. Luckily I have a day off each week when the kids are in daycare so I can brew and get stuff done around the house.
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Can't go wrong with a pack of S-04 or US-05 to save a brew day. I keep both on hand at all times.

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US-05 is my work horse, I love the stuff. Ferments quick, clean, attenuates really well, high abv tolerance, cheaper than liquid yeast, higher cell count per pack, comes with yeast nutrient already in the pack, and every LHBS or big name supplier always has it in stock... It's got my vote everytime.

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I keep 04, 05, and notty around just in case but propagate liquid yeast for strain flexibility and savings.

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