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Old 06-14-2013, 03:21 AM   #431
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One other question. I'm planning on making a two gallon batch of this over the weekend. What would you suggest for my starter (how much water + DME and how much of WLP001 should I use)? Thanks

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Old 06-14-2013, 03:41 AM   #432
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One other question. I'm planning on making a two gallon batch of this over the weekend. What would you suggest for my starter (how much water + DME and how much of WLP001 should I use)? Thanks
Not sure. I've never used a starter on this beer, or any other for that matter, and its always turned out fine. I'm sure some others will chime in!
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:14 AM   #433
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Not sure. I've never used a starter on this beer, or any other for that matter, and its always turned out fine. I'm sure some others will chime in!
Actually, I've never used one either (beer or wine) and have never had a problem. Normally I just drop the yeast (dry or active) into a 1/2 cup of warm water 30 mins before pitching. But this is the first time I'm using WLP001 and most recipes that use it seem to use a starter. Plus White Labs website recommends it. But I would just as well pitch it my normal way so as to save a step.
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Old 06-14-2013, 12:51 PM   #434
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FWIW, I always make a starter, for every beer. Even when I am using S-05. Mostly, because I can. It will help the yeast start quicker with the less strain, but I have made this beer many times by just dumping a packet of non-rehydrated S-05 into it, or just smacking a pack of 1056, with great results. I enjoy making starters, so I do, but it is not required to make a good beer.

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I made this for the 3rd time today, but realized I completely forgot to buy Saaz. Did 1oz cascade @60 and 1/2 oz citra at 10. Bavarian wheat dme 2lbs at start of boil and 1lb @20mins. Also added 1/2 tsp yeast starter. A citrusy strawberry blonde it is! OG was 1.07.
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I made this for the 3rd time today, but realized I completely forgot to buy Saaz. Did 1oz cascade @60 and 1/2 oz citra at 10. Bavarian wheat dme 2lbs at start of boil and 1lb @20mins. Also added 1/2 tsp yeast starter. A citrusy strawberry blonde it is! OG was 1.07.
Bottled batch #2 of this on friday, and bottling Apfelwein tonight!... a busy beer weekend
Im interested in knowing hiw it turns out with citra. I have thought about changing up the hops but never do. I think citra would be a fine addition!
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Didn't read the entire thread..

I'm making a strawberry wheat and have 5 lbs of frozen strawberries to add. Has anyone cold crashed their beer, added the strawberries, and kept it at about 40-42F to prevent the yeast from fermenting the fruit's sugars?

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Didn't read the entire thread..

I'm making a strawberry wheat and have 5 lbs of frozen strawberries to add. Has anyone cold crashed their beer, added the strawberries, and kept it at about 40-42F to prevent the yeast from fermenting the fruit's sugars?
I've never tried that. I've always been skeered of bottle bombs. But, if you're kegging, that could be a different story. Btw, at 5 lbs, I don't know if you'll get as much strawberry flavor.
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I've never tried that. I've always been skeered of bottle bombs. But, if you're kegging, that could be a different story. Btw, at 5 lbs, I don't know if you'll get as much strawberry flavor.
Yep, I'm kegging so I'm not worried about bottle bombs. I'm just worried about tartness. I might step up the amount of strawberries but I don't want an overpowering liquid strawberry flavor.

Also, has there been any known problems with getting the strawberries out of a carboy opening? I know that a bucket is recommended but mine are out of commission.
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Yep, I'm kegging so I'm not worried about bottle bombs. I'm just worried about tartness. I might step up the amount of strawberries but I don't want an overpowering liquid strawberry flavor.

Also, has there been any known problems with getting the strawberries out of a carboy opening? I know that a bucket is recommended but mine are out of commission.
I don't see any issue with it in that case. Not sure if it would have any effect on the taste or not. I cant imagine it would. Yeah, 8 lbs definitely gives it some tartness!

I've not heard of any issues. I'm sure you'll get them out, one way or another. Might be a slow and tedious process getting them in though!
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