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Old 06-13-2012, 06:51 AM   #11
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for the ride home from the store bring a cooler with a few ice packs. that should keep it cool enough.

a saison yeast is what you want: http://www.wyeastlab.com/rw_yeaststr...tail.cfm?ID=60, same as WLP565. if you can, keep it under 80 for the first few days (search for "swamp cooler") then let it float up to ambient temp. this strain needs to get over 90*F, eventually, to finish up. just don't start out at 90 if you can help it.
a saison barleywine would certainly be interesting..

but saisons are the way to go for higher temps. defiantly something to think about for future summer batches. try some commercial versions. I'd recommend La Merle by north coast. If you cant find that, Saison Dupont, Ommegang Hennepin, and Allagash's saison all are highly regarded as great saisons.

Also do some research about swamp coolers. basically a bucket full of water and ice that you place your fermenter in. this way you can rotate out frozen water bottles to keep the ambient temps in-check. really helps regulate and manage temperature during hot summer days. and the added volume of water helps keep the temperature more steady (harder for the ambient temps change the beer temp).

also i don't know a lot about champagne yeast. but time will tell. if all else fails, and you end with an unusually high FG. you can pitch a starter of ale yeast at high krausen to try to bring down the FG. maybe some added sugar? I'd like to hear some more experienced brewers chime in on the subject.

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Old 06-13-2012, 08:17 AM   #12
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You could see if your lhbs has some amylase enzyme, that will break the long chain sugars down so the yeast will be able to go to work.

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Old 06-13-2012, 01:45 PM   #13
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Yep, kinda bass ackwards. The champagne yeast may get the alcohol high enough the ale yeast won't thrive. High gravity ale yeast for sure.

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You definitely need to pitch something that can consume malt sugars; champagne yeast (or any wine yeast I know of) won't do the trick.

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Old 06-13-2012, 02:53 PM   #15
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It seems to be fermenting pretty well.

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It seems to be fermenting pretty well.
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It seems to be fermenting pretty well.
yup, the champagne is munching away on the simple sugars. i suspect that once it's done, you'll still have a brew with a gravity of ~1.040. i deally you should make a big starter of WLP099 (white lab's high-gravity ale yeast) and throw that in.
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I had a barleywine go down from 1.100 to 1.016 using S-04. Super high gravity yeast is not needed if you treat your normal ale yest correctly.

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I had a barleywine go down from 1.100 to 1.016 using S-04. Super high gravity yeast is not needed if you treat your normal ale yest correctly.
right, but that S-04 started in a 0% alcohol environment and slowly adapted to the rising alcohol levels it was creating. in this case the champagne yeast will already have created some amount of alcohol (4%? 6%?), that is a shocking environment to pitch some poor unsuspecting yeast into. taking yeast that has just woken up and throwing it into an alcoholic solution does not constitute "treating your normal ale yest correctly".
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right, but that S-04 started in a 0% alcohol environment and slowly adapted to the rising alcohol levels it was creating. in this case the champagne yeast will already have created some amount of alcohol (4%? 6%?), that is a shocking environment to pitch some poor unsuspecting yeast into. taking yeast that has just woken up and throwing it into an alcoholic solution does not constitute "treating your normal ale yest correctly".
So pretty much all i can do is put in a yeast that is for high abv like super HG yeast or distiller and some beano tablets to convert the inedible sugars?
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