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Old 03-05-2012, 01:52 AM   #1
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Is in it's 1L stage!!! Tomorrow is the 2L stage and then Tuesday night is the cold crash for a 15 gallon Brew Day on Wednesday!!!!

1 = WLP885 Platinum Zurich Lager

2 = WLP800 Pilsner Lager

3 = WLP920 Old Bavarian Lager

All three were Slanted (eight slants each) so I should have PLENTY of whichever one tastes the best in 9 or so weeks....



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Old 03-05-2012, 03:40 AM   #2
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I just showed my wife this post and said "See honey, I'm not that bad!" I would love to have three stir-plates or even a nice work area like you have for brewing. How big is your fermentation chamber/fridge if you're doing three lagers at the same time?

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Old 03-05-2012, 01:23 PM   #3
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The stir plates are $42.00 each on homebrewstuff.com (cheap). The work area is a $50 laminate counter top from Lowe's on top of half sized shelving unit (as in you can build it fairly cheap and the laminate can be sanitized!).

I use a chest freezer with temp controller that can fit exactly three 5 gallon buckets as primaries. Then I have a larger chest freezer that can fit exactly six 6 gallon carboys for the lagering stage. Then keg them in cornelius kegs and into the old converted refrigerator (shelves removed and wooden bottom built full length/width. Fits 4 soda kegs with some extra space on the side.

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Old 03-05-2012, 04:46 PM   #4
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Space is a premium for me..... I'm kind of excited to move back to the msinland

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Old 03-06-2012, 01:51 AM   #5
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Stepped up to 2L per starter and I'm attempting the FOAM stoppers from Austin Homebrew - fully sanitized with OneStep - awesome idea compared to aluminum foil. WOW that WL Zurich Lager is flocculating like a BEAST in there!!! It's basically blowing yeast chunks!



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Looks like number 1 is done.

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That is the White Labs Zurich lager yeast - it was flocculating like that within 2 hours on the 1L starter and in that photo had only been on the 2L starter for 10 minutes.

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Cool--same strain as S-189, which I found to be sluggish in the first generation but great in the second.

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This vial was a BEAST in both the 1L (1st gen) and 2L (2nd gen) starters... And it was dated Best By 2/14/2012 but just put into service 3/4/2012. And dang that stuff stores up some CO2 in the vial - it sprayed all over when I cracked the vial open...

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Wait, your 1L starter and 2L starters looked to have quite a bit less than that volume filled with starter+yeast. if I have a 1L flask filled to 500 mL I'd call it a 500 mL starter, not a 1L starter. Have I misunderstood something along the way?

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