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Old 07-11-2010, 01:25 PM   #1
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I've got a batch in my primary that I brewed 11 days ago using Wyeast 1007 (I have never used this yeast). It fermented at about 62-63 degrees. It finished fermenting a couple of days ago and I sampled it yesterday. It is very cloudy, which I expected because of the yeast. There is also a lot of sulphur aroma, which I also expected, but not so much since it was at the higher end of the temperature range for the yeast.

I am trying to decide what to do, whether to rack it, or if it should sit longer in the primary. I also have the option to put in in my fridge. Any advice for dealing with the clarity and the sulphur? Does the sulphur fade with time?

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Old 07-11-2010, 03:58 PM   #2
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Do a gravity test see what it's sitting at. I'm a fan of secondary but I don't rack until near or at FG. I'm sure that "sulphur" will go away in the rest of the conditioning. What are you brewing? http://www.wyeastlab.com/hb_yeaststr...ail.cfm?ID=150

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Old 07-11-2010, 06:13 PM   #3
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It is an orange-honey ale. My gravity is down to 1.015 from 1.059, so I am happy with that. I have read a bit here about homebrewers eschewing racking their beer, so i think I am going to leave it another week in the primary and see how it is. Then i can cold crash it and rack to secondary with some orange peel for a few days. Any thoughts on that?

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Old 07-11-2010, 06:51 PM   #4
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The 1007 strand is basically an altbier yeast. Although it is a top fermenting ale yeast, it was tolerant to being lagered due to it's extremely low flocculating properties. So once you're done fermenting it, I'd rack to secondary and lager for 3 to 4 weeks. And don't worry about pitching more yeast for conditioning. This yeast will do fine. At the end, you'll get a crystal clear beer.

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^ditto

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Old 07-11-2010, 10:49 PM   #6
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Amazing, thank you! I have never lagered anything and had not intended to. I just happen to have a fridge free for the next 2 months and now I am excited to do this!

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Old 07-22-2010, 04:57 PM   #7
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Just an update: it has been in the fridge a week and a half now and it is clearing beautifully. Thanks again!

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