Hi to all,
I've just joined this valuable forum and I'm a hb newcomer.
I've only 2 batches under my belt, both extract only:
a weird-tasting Common California and a "promising" English IPA
pitched no more than 3 days ago (so yes, it's actually 1 batch ).
I've studied a lot since my first experiment (both Palmer and
Papazian's bibles, a lot of posts here on HBTalk and other around
the net) and now I would like to make a step further and try E+G hb.
But, here come my problems.
I live in Italy and is hot here, even in the spring, with the temp
around 64-75F (18-24C) in these days. I've just pitched the IPA
and I'm gonna let it stay in the fermenter for a total of 2 weeks, so
my next attempt will be around the end of April.
I've just started to do this alchemy called hb and I don't want to
spend more money on a dedicated fridge and, btw, I've no space
in my kitchen. Additionally, my girlfriend barely tolerate that
bubbling bucket in the kitchen, she just allow me to play for the sake
of love. She don't even drink beer, we're Italian remember? It's only
about wine here! So forget icy-bottles, wet t-shirts and other messy
things like that. They're not an option.
So, after reading here and there I've come to the conclusion that I should:
- brew anyway
- brew a Belgian-style beer, "they" said it's the most suitable style for high temp fermentation
- use one of those "warmy" yeasts listed at the end of this post
- brew a low gravity wort, less body and booze but it seems less fusels too
- try to cool the fermenter bucket at least during the initial growth phase
- double the pitch rate. I literally don't know why and, sadly, I can't remember the source of this tip
- let the wort stay in the fermenter for an extended period (3-4 weeks) to let the yeasts to eat-back their bad-tasting stuff
So, what's your opinions?
Thank you very much in advance.
WhiteLabs WLP550, WLP566, WLP568, WLP065, WLP655
Wyeast 1214, 1388, 3724*, 3725, 3763, 3787, 3822
Fermentis SafBrew T58, WB06
*Wyeast says that their 3724 (Belgian Saison) can happily stands till 95 F!