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GeorgiaTiger 02-01-2013 06:42 PM

SAFALE S-04 fermentation question
 
I have read that this yeast ferments fast. Can anyone say HOW fast? How long can I expect it to ferment? Either way, im leaving it in the carboy for 3 weeks minimum, but im just curious about the timeline on the fermentation.

BigFloyd 02-01-2013 06:58 PM

I would think 3 weeks is fine so long as you keep it in the 60's

gcdowd 02-01-2013 06:59 PM

My last batch was the Common Room ESB using s04 and I think it was done in 3 days. That strain is a beast

BigFloyd 02-01-2013 07:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gcdowd (Post 4853525)
My last batch was the Common Room ESB using s04 and I think it was done in 3 days. That strain is a beast

Was it overly vigorous? I'll be doing an ESB in a couple of weeks with S-04. Do I need to just rig a blow-off tube at the start and forget the airlock? :D

gcdowd 02-01-2013 07:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigFloyd (Post 4853649)

Was it overly vigorous? I'll be doing an ESB in a couple of weeks with S-04. Do I need to just rig a blow-off tube at the start and forget the airlock? :D

I did not need a blow off but I fermented 5 gallons in a 6.5 gallon bucket. The krausen line wasn't really that high either buy if you have a carboy, you may want to rig one to be safe.

Toga 02-01-2013 07:23 PM

This strain is indeed a beast. If you do not have a ton of head space make sure you rig a blow off. I ended up with a mess due to not using a blow off with it recently. Low 60's if you want clean, crank the temp up to around 68 if you want some nice fruity esters.

GeorgiaTiger 02-01-2013 07:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gcdowd (Post 4853652)
I did not need a blow off but I fermented 5 gallons in a 6.5 gallon bucket. The krausen line wasn't really that high either buy if you have a carboy, you may want to rig one to be safe.

I have a 6.5 gallon better bottle carboy. Im using an airlock, but am ready to attach blow off tube if needed.

slcdawg 02-01-2013 07:25 PM

It depends on the temp. I ferment at the low end 60-62F, and it bubbles steadily for up to a week. An airlock is fine at these temps. At higher temps, I've read it goes off pretty fast.

GeorgiaTiger 02-01-2013 07:27 PM

Well, My room temps are steady at around 65. Any lower and my wife starts acting stupid. I know my actual fermentaton temp will be a little higher. Is it too late to set it in some water to gt the temps down? Just pitched the yeast around 0300 and it is starting to bubble pretty actively now.

gcdowd 02-01-2013 07:34 PM

I fermented this at around 61-62 and it was fast and clean. I'd say it may be too late to get your temp down but it can't hurt. You may even want some of those estery flavors, they can be quite nice. Either way, 65 ain't bad. Do you have a temp strip on your ferm vessel?

Edit: just saw you pitched your yeast at 3, definitely NOT too late for temp correction


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