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Old 10-15-2014, 11:11 PM   #131
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Just tasted what was probably my 8th repitch of this yeast.

Another IPA.

It does not taste as clean as before. Temperatures were tightly controlled. Still good but isn't excellent.

First time using comet hops though but I don't think that is the cause.

I've heard more than 6 recycles and yeast mutates. Of course there are tolerances with everything. But I guess that metric is a good guide.

I'm going on detox for 3 weeks. Maybe the age will turn my good beer into excellent beer

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Old 10-19-2014, 12:44 PM   #132
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Got this at the LHBS on Friday, they had just gotten it in, and pitched it into a 3.5 gallon batch of an American Dark Ale I brewed up yesterday afternoon that I'm calling "Dark Galaxy" (real original). I chose it over what's supposedly the Heady Topper yeast from a local yeast lab, since I didn't want the fruity flavors that one gives off and this one has similar attenuation but much better flocculation –

OG 1.083
IBU 83 (calculated with Tinseth)

80% pale malt
10% Victory
5% C10 (UK)
5% Blackprinz

A few grams of Warrior at the start of the boil (just whatever I had left from a recent brew to help with boilovers) then hopbursted with Galaxy at 20, 7, and FO. I'll also dry hop it with 2 more ounces of Galaxy when it comes time, and maybe an ounce of EKG, First Gold, Fuggles, or Willamette.

EDIT: 12 hours after pitching just a few small bubbles on top, no rollicking fermentation. Pitched and started fermentation at 62.

Peeked again at 18 hours and it had a decent layer of krausen starting to form, and by 24 hours it was going strong. I upped the temp to 64 at 24 hours and am going to ramp it up 2 degrees a day (to the max of 74) to ensure it ferments completely and dries the beer out. I'm hoping it finishes around 1.017 or lower.

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