I've made my first 2 batches using US-05 (both pale ales). I've been enjoying the first for the past week or so and I'm about to bottle my second. I have a couple of observations and I'd like to hear some your thoughts.
Flocculation. When I leave some bottles in the fridge for about a week, it's still really cloudy. One or two of the bottles cleared up and they tasted much cleaner and hops came through more. The cloudiness actually increased when I chilled them so perhaps it's just chill haze -- but I thought that didn't affect the flavour? Should I just be more patient and keep them chilled for longer?
Attenuation. My next batch when from OG of 1.046 down to 1.005 -- that's an apparent attenuation of ~90% (right)? I didn't think it could get that high. The first batch got around 83%. I used extract with .75-1 lbs of crystal/carapils for both batches. Those numbers may not actually be correct -- I didn't adjust for temp. But I measured both OG and FG and the same temperature. It should be an accurate measurement of the difference correct? So at 1.005 I'm expecting a much dryer less body type of beer. Anyone else hit these types of numbers with US-05?
My benchmark that I'm comparing these to is another batch I did a while ago using Notty. It was a pre-boiled wort kit that I just opened and fermented (and screwed up so I consider that batch #0)
Sorry for the wordy post but, now that I have a couple of batches under my belt, I'd love to compare with your experiences.