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Old 06-18-2012, 04:03 AM   #1
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Hey everyone. So I did a slightly modified version of a DFH 90 minute clone, but I underestimated my efficiency and the beer comes in around 10% alcohol....which is totally fine by me, haha.

My question is; I am set to bottle this Tuesday, have I hit the maximum alcohol tolerance of the White Labs 007 yeast? Do I need to pitch a champagne yeast at bottling, or will this beer carb up just fine? Thanks!

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Old 06-18-2012, 04:09 AM   #2
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It wouldn't hurt to pitch some champagne yeast. Just realize that this might take a month or even two to carbonate.

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Old 06-18-2012, 05:08 AM   #3
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I'm pretty clueless with champagne yeasts...is there a specific strain I should look for?

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Disclaimer: I'm a new brewer, but I like to participate in these.

Here's my thoughts:
What percent attenuation did you get? If you got between %70-%80 the yeast finished on it's own and not because of alcohol percentage, which I think is what happened. If this is what happened the remaining yeast should be able to carbonate your beer without champagne yeast. Just will take a little more time.

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I definitely got towards the upper end of the attenuation spectrum for this yeast. I will still probably pitch a pack of champagne yeast, just to be sure. Are there possible negatives to pitching champagne yeast at bottling?

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I definitely got towards the upper end of the attenuation spectrum for this yeast. I will still probably pitch a pack of champagne yeast, just to be sure. Are there possible negatives to pitching champagne yeast at bottling?
Yes, you will end up with a ton of yeast in your bottles. If you're going to throw some champagne yeast in there, you need just a very small amount.
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Is there a rule of thumb? Assuming a 10/11 gram pack, do I toss in half? A quarter?

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I have a pack of Cuvee Premium Dry Wine Yeast... hows that sound for carbonation?

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Anyone? The pack is 5 grams, btw.

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Sounds good. I'd just use a couple of grams. So half, or a little less, of the 5 gram pack.

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