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hbr2547 08-14-2013 11:34 AM

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Told ya! How did it taste? Congrats on the first decoction brew.

Td
Tasted good and the smell was even better!!!! Here is a pick

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Not a great pic but shows the great color

laughingboysbrew 10-01-2013 05:37 AM

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SUPER excited to taste this... especially out of the cask. The 3 day sample tastes/smells great. For those contemplating, DO the decoctions. Great learning experience and besides...it's tradition.


bd2xu 08-07-2014 05:00 AM

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Brewed this as my first lager and decoction this monday. Went well, took about two hours longer than usual. Wort sample smells and tastes awesome, and hit close to numbers, 1.055 og with 5.5 gallons collected and about an extra 1/2 gallon. I did up the recipe a little for a 70% efficiency and I got that pretty close. Just added 1/2 lbs to the Vienna and Munich.

Yeast is my concern. Didn't plan well and started a two liter starter on brew day. My usual store had no German lager yeast at all (just out) so I got the only 2 packs of wyeast Czech Pilsner yeast, but they were 4 months old. Bags did not swell after 6 hours. Did a 2 liter starter on stir plate and put in the un swollen yeast. First day on stir plate looked like no action, a little condensation at top. I used a drop of fermcap so there won't be any foam to show yeast activity. Second day in stir plate and I see more signs, looks like swirling bubbles in liquid, more condensation, and lighter color. Going to let it go another day.

I didn't want to wait more than a day with my wort in the ferm chamber waiting, so found a place that had the wy2633 oktoberfest I wanted, 2 packs. I smacked those and they blew right up, brought them down to 50f where the wort temp is at, and pitched. Tomorrow I plan on crashing, decanting and adding the Czech pils from the stir plate.

So to summarize, brewed monday night, added two packs of fresh wyeast oktoberfest Tuesday night, and will add 2l starter of Czech pils yeast thursday afternoon. First signs of fermentation after first pitch in about 18 hours. (Aerated well with o2 before)

Any thoughts on if this is ok? Rate should be right, according to yeast calc, I need 404 billion, the 2 packs of 2633 get me 168 billion, and the Czech starter should be 261, for a total of about 429. But I've never added yeast in stages like this. I also hope the Czech Pilsner yeast doesn't dry it out too much.

Happily fermenting at 50F ;-)

Check out the tieg!

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