Get your HBT Growlers, Shirts and Membership before the Rush!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > WLP011 experts out there?
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 11-24-2012, 04:31 PM   #1
imisri
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: College Park, Maryland
Posts: 18
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default WLP011 experts out there?

Hi everyone,
I brewed a spiced porter and pitched a vile of WLP011 3 days ago. White labs recommends an ambient temperature between 65 and 70 degrees. I had mine at 66 but wasn't seeing much activity. I placed it in a room that's exactly at 70 but there was a sulfury smell coming out from the airlock so I decided to move it back to the 66 degree room. However, now I'm seeing much less activity... suggestions?

__________________
imisri is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2012, 03:10 AM   #2
zzARzz
Member
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
zzARzz's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 420
Liked 47 Times on 39 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default

It's better to leave it at a constant cooler temperature rather than moving it back and forth. I'd just leave it in the 66F area and let it take a bit longer to ferment. Also remember that the brew will be a couple of degrees (sometimes as much as 5-10F) above ambient while it is in the middle of fermenting as yeast creates heat during that phase.

The sulfur smell is usually a sign that the yeast is stressed (most commonly from temperature fluctuations), but thankfully should dissipate by the time you're ready to bottle.

__________________
zzARzz is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2012, 04:30 AM   #3
Calder
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ohio
Posts: 5,934
Liked 313 Times on 278 Posts
Likes Given: 6

Default

The yeast didn't like the way you called it vile, so it went on strike.

One vial could be well under-pitching, and it can take a while for the yeast to reproduce to sufficient quantities to start working.

If you see any activity, that is good. Just let it do it's own thing. Cooler is better.

__________________
Calder is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2012, 04:40 AM   #4
Squad1Guy
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Squad1Guy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Cleveland, OH
Posts: 65
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 37

Default

I used WPL011 for my recent Christmas ale. I never saw any airlock activity but my fermentation was complete three weeks later. My temp was a pretty constant 67degrees and I didn't have any sulfur smell during that time.

__________________
Squad1Guy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-25-2012, 06:51 PM   #5
imisri
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: College Park, Maryland
Posts: 18
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

thank you all for your answers!

__________________
imisri is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-26-2012, 07:45 AM   #6
daksin
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
daksin's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 4,150
Liked 283 Times on 245 Posts
Likes Given: 325

Default

White labs also doesn't recommend ambient temperatures, they recommend fermentation temperatures. That's the temperature of your fermenting beer. You really need to be measuring that as beer temps can get as much as 10F warmer than ambient at peak activity which would be a disaster for your beer.

__________________

I can't be arsed to keep up this list of what's in the fermenters, but hey, check out the cool brewery I own!

twitter.com/2kidsbrewing .. facebook.com/2kidsbrewing .. 2kidsbrewing.com

daksin is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WLP011 for Altbier? Mpavlik22 Fermentation & Yeast 2 05-03-2012 06:12 PM
Need some help from the experts nukinfuts29 Brew Stands 12 01-03-2012 10:03 PM
Glacier hops and European Ale yeast WLP011? hexmonkey Recipes/Ingredients 3 08-09-2009 05:22 PM
WLP011 or WLP029 for more Honey character? hexmonkey Recipes/Ingredients 4 06-26-2009 10:53 PM
Made a starter for my first time - WLP011 NitrouStang96 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 03-05-2008 05:27 PM



Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS