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Old 12-29-2012, 12:17 AM   #131
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Niiiiiice! I'm loving it.

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Old 01-09-2013, 12:05 AM   #132
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Looking for feedback on those of you that bottle condition......

Original post here recommends to add 1/2 packet S-04 into bottling bucket to help clear beer....is this really necessary or beneficial? Interested in anyone who has done it either way...or possibly both ways.

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Old 01-09-2013, 01:41 AM   #133
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I didn't do the 1/2 packet at bottling, but I left mine in secondary for what seemed like forever. Very clear and just as said, when held up to the light you get a beautiful Red hue. Mmmm mmmmm.

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Old 01-09-2013, 02:43 PM   #134
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Looking for feedback on those of you that bottle condition......

Original post here recommends to add 1/2 packet S-04 into bottling bucket to help clear beer....is this really necessary or beneficial? Interested in anyone who has done it either way...or possibly both ways.
I typically don't add yeast for bottle conditioning and have never had an issue with carbonation. I did it this time and really couldn't tell any difference after three weeks in the bottle. However, at two weeks this brew was fully carbonated which hasn't always been my experience on two week brews.

Does added yeast help? Maybe, but the overall effect isn't significant from what I could tell on this one effort. Maybe does add a level of insurance, who knows.
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Old 01-10-2013, 03:32 AM   #135
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When you condition with the primary yeast, the yeast that are left to carbonate the beer are the least flocculant cells (and there aren't many of them) meaning your beer will take awhile to carb and will be difficult to clear. When you pitch fresh yeast you have more flocculant cells and more of them, so the beer carbs quickly and clears quickly. Most commercial breweries that bottle condition beers add yeast at bottling time for this reason.

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Old 01-10-2013, 02:25 PM   #136
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Thanks, This does make sense.

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Old 01-12-2013, 09:04 PM   #137
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Anybody try this with Denny's fav 50? Wondering if it would work well with this as I'm washing some yeasties today
I'm also curious about this. I've been enjoying WY1450 in my hoppy beers, but was considering using it in something like this as well. Anyone used it yet?

Also, when I plug this recipe (scaled in half) into BeerTools, I get a color of over 21 SRM, vs. a maximum style guideline of 18. And the little glass of beer on the recipe page does look very dark for an Irish Red - more reddish-brown than red.

Any feedback on that point? How dark does this come out?
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Old 01-12-2013, 09:07 PM   #138
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I'm also curious about this. I've been enjoying WY1450 in my hoppy beers, but was considering using it in something like this as well. Anyone used it yet?

Also, when I plug this recipe (scaled in half) into BeerTools, I get a color of over 21 SRM, vs. a maximum style guideline of 18. And the little glass of beer on the recipe page does look very dark for an Irish Red - more reddish-brown than red.

Any feedback on that point? How dark does this come out?
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I follow the recipe to the letter, and get the same color- a reddish-brown, rather than a red. And this Irish Red (which has become my standard) is good enough that the color isn't that important to me.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:29 PM   #139
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Yes, not too concerned about the color as this beer is delicious.

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Old 01-16-2013, 05:10 AM   #140
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I received 2 reviews recently about this batch that I brewed a while back. Last Wednesday I took some brews to work to hand out and informed all to take them home and put in the fridge and enjoy. BUT, I said to drink 1 the night after putting them in the fridge and lose the other until a later date(at least 4 days.) On Sunday I got a call saying that the 1st one drank was good but the 1 he had just drank was WAAAAAY better.

Got another call earlier tonight from the other guy saying that it BLEW AWAY any other Irish Red he'd ever had.

Thank you again for the recipe and I think I might have done it a little justice. haha Still a very good beer and it's getting better and better and all love it!

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