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Old 01-13-2013, 01:04 AM   #11
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Nobody has commented on splitting the yeast. I'd lean toward using a dry packet (without rehydrating) or a smack pack (without a starter) for each half size batch. Any other opinions?
It depends on your target OG and yeast selection. Run it through MrMalty MrMa to be sure. You should be fine rehydrating 1/2 of an 11 gram dry pack for a 2.5 gallon batch below 1.050 OG. You can save the other half (taped and in the fridge) for the next 2.5 gallon batch.

My next planned batch will be a 2.3 gallon extract brew with an expected OG of 1.059. Since I'll be fermenting with Nottingham at a cool 55F, I'll pitch the whole 11g pack.
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:09 AM   #12
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It depends on your target OG and yeast selection. Run it through MrMalty MrMa to be sure. You should be fine rehydrating 1/2 of an 11 gram dry pack for a 2.5 gallon batch below 1.050 OG. You can save the other half (taped and in the fridge) for the next 2.5 gallon batch.

My next planned batch will be a 2.3 gallon extract brew with an expected OG of 1.059. Since I'll be fermenting with Nottingham at a cool 55F, I'll pitch the whole 11g pack.
Are ya'll fermenting half batches in a full size bucket/carboy? Is too much headspace a concern or is that mostly for the secondary?

Sorry for hijacking the thread.
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:30 AM   #13
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Are ya'll fermenting half batches in a full size bucket/carboy? Is too much headspace a concern or is that mostly for the secondary?

Sorry for hijacking the thread.
Mostly for secondary. Fermentation produces enough CO2 to protect the wort from oxygen.
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Mostly for secondary. Fermentation produces enough CO2 to protect the wort from oxygen.
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[FONT="Georgia"]It depends on your target OG and yeast selection. Run it through MrMalty MrMa to be sure. You should be fine rehydrating 1/2 of an 11 gram dry pack for a 2.5 gallon batch below 1.050 OG. You can save the other half (taped and in the fridge) for the next 2.5 gallon batch.FONT]
Technically, I agree. But I'm a little paranoid about sanitation. I don't think I would trust the other half taped and stored in the fridge - including how to sanitize an open packet before using the other half. And weighing out half seems risky as far as sanitation. I would rather "waste" half of a packet than risk a batch of beer.
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I would rather "waste" half of a packet than risk a batch of beer.
Understood and I share those concerns. I did go ahead and use a whole 11g pack of Nottingham (rehydrated) on that batch I brewed last night. It ended up a hair over 2.5 gallons and had a measured OG of 1.050, but it is being kept at 55F which will certainly slow the whole thing down.

Right now, it looks like it's just now getting started. I don't plan on checking the FG for 3 weeks due to the lower temp.
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[QUOTE=BigFloyd;4780882][FONT="Georgia"]Understood and I share those concerns. I did go ahead and use a whole 11g pack of Nottingham (rehydrated) on that batch I brewed last night. It ended up a hair over 2.5 gallons and had a measured OG of 1.050, but it is being kept at 55F which will certainly slow the whole thing down. QUOTE]

Nottingham is advertized as producing a lager flavor when fermented at lower temperature. Have you found this to be true?

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Nottingham is advertized as producing a lager flavor when fermented at lower temperature. Have you found this to be true?
I guess I'll find out with this batch. It's my first go with Notty and I was advised by those who have done it to use the lower temp since I can simply set it with my controller.
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BTW, what are good techniques for measuring and managing LME? It's a messy business even if using the whole container (bags in my case). I have a scale, but every transfer loses a bunch when stuck on containers and such. Would heating it in a water bath first help?

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I hate LME for that reason. Maybe tare a scale with a ceramic bowl on it, add LME to the bowl until you get the correct weight, and put the entire bowl into your boil. Alternatively, you could use boil water to rinse out the bowl.

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