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Old 02-13-2013, 04:59 PM   #1131
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I made a starter of 2 cups of the invert sugar mixture and 2 T. Of sugar. I added the yeast package and then covered it with a paper towel for an hour, then I added another T. of sugar and mixed again. I covered it with the paper towel again for 24 hours, by then the yeast was going nuts. I added it to the bucket and had 1.050 within 8 days.

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Old 02-13-2013, 07:48 PM   #1132
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Have my first batch of this in primary right now. Made a few mistakes, notably sticking an unsanitized whip in there to aerate yesterday.

Well, i decided i needed my temp-controlled freezer for a batch of beer yesterday, and stuck the bucket of skeeter pee into my 38dd chamber, and just plugged the fermwrap directly into the wall. No on/off control.

I thought i had read that fermwrap would only heat up to about 10deg over ambient, and ambient was 69f, so i thought I'd be OK.

Well, the thermometer in the chamber read over 80deg this morning, and the temp of the bucket was so high that the "fermometer" stuck to it wasn't even registering.

The liquid was warmer than I was, I'd say at least 100deg. Wonder if i've killed the yeast?

It was a lalvin slurry from some apfelwein. Not sure of the exact strain, but i think it was 1118.

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Old 02-15-2013, 02:11 PM   #1133
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Good stuff for sure, easy to make and like some had said... it WILL sneak up on ya!

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Old 02-16-2013, 01:56 AM   #1134
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Anyone try flavoring skeeter with ice tea crystals to make a hard iced tea?

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Old 02-16-2013, 03:27 AM   #1135
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Have my first batch of this in primary right now. Made a few mistakes, notably sticking an unsanitized whip in there to aerate yesterday.

Well, i decided i needed my temp-controlled freezer for a batch of beer yesterday, and stuck the bucket of skeeter pee into my 38dd chamber, and just plugged the fermwrap directly into the wall. No on/off control.

I thought i had read that fermwrap would only heat up to about 10deg over ambient, and ambient was 69f, so i thought I'd be OK.

Well, the thermometer in the chamber read over 80deg this morning, and the temp of the bucket was so high that the "fermometer" stuck to it wasn't even registering.

The liquid was warmer than I was, I'd say at least 100deg. Wonder if i've killed the yeast?

It was a lalvin slurry from some apfelwein. Not sure of the exact strain, but i think it was 1118.
Update to this post,

the pee is now fermenting!

didn't look @ the brew log or the timestamp of the last post, but I pitched the yeast at least a day or so before making that post.

I said a small apology to the yeasties for putting them through the "hot tub" treatment, and I'll say a salute once they're done with their life's work (twice! since this was a re-pitched apfelwein slurry).

so at least 3 days before visible signs of fermentation. I've not cracked the bucket yet to look for infection due to my "unsanitized whip" incident. I'm gonna go RDWHAHB now
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:45 AM   #1136
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Anyone try flavoring skeeter with ice tea crystals to make a hard iced tea?
No, but i am planing to put at least a can of pink lemonade concentrate to back sweeten
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:35 PM   #1137
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My EC1118 after a week from pitching finally dropped to 1.050 and then added the additional ingredients. The test samples tasted great.
Fermentation has not been to overly active till after the addition of more energizer, nutrient, and additional agitation. The SP is now bubbling away at a feverish pace.

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Old 02-18-2013, 03:52 PM   #1138
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I am so going to brew a batch of this and keg it... It would be wonderful to have some sparkling skeeter pee sitting around! I think I'll use EC1118 and maybe a little cranberry too...

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Old 02-19-2013, 12:13 AM   #1139
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Bottled my last batch late last week and it's well carbed already. Tasty carbed.

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Old 02-20-2013, 07:46 PM   #1140
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Question on yeast / slurry. What is different in beer yeast to wine yeast? Wondering if I could use the dregs from an American Pale Ale or Guinness Clone to start the slurry.

Any thoughts?

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