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Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-08-2011, 05:13 PM
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Posted By Tuggy
I'll never settle on a certain yeast. I've heard...

I'll never settle on a certain yeast. I've heard good things about W-34/70. But I have yet to try it. I guess I was just giving my experience on S-23 because all I read was bad things about it and I...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-07-2011, 06:29 PM
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Views: 2,965
Posted By Tuggy
Saflager S-23 Report

When I first started lagering I was searching for my "House Strain" Much in like how I did for my ales. Of course for my ales I stick to 3 for my "safe bets". My favorite Safale 05, followed by 04,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-20-2011, 07:52 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Tuggy
So I've noticed that this particular brew that...

So I've noticed that this particular brew that has used the blow off is already clear after 10 days. I tried a sample from the hydrometer tube and it also tasted great.

Would it make sense that a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-11-2011, 05:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 932
Posted By Tuggy
My blow off set up is pretty simple. I just...

My blow off set up is pretty simple. I just grabbed a 1" tube x 4ft and put it into the top of my carboy down to my filled container. I filled the carboy almost to the top so I expected much of the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 06-11-2011, 03:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 932
Posted By Tuggy
Blow off vs Airlock

I've tried to search for my question, but haven't found the answer.

I've been using airlocks for a long time with zero problems. So my question isn't about which one works better, but does one...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-25-2011, 06:58 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,210
Posted By Tuggy
I try to keep my sessions identical. I add grains...

I try to keep my sessions identical. I add grains 3lbs at a time. And stir to avoid clumping. Once I have everything together I take the origional mash temp. At 30 min I re-stir and double check mash...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-24-2011, 05:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,099
Posted By Tuggy
The S-33 bottles have been sitting for about 6...

The S-33 bottles have been sitting for about 6 weeks now.. 4 weeks at room temp and the 2 weeks in the fridge. This beer is now drinkable. The off-flavor is gone, and it tastes like a unbalanced...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-24-2011, 04:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,210
Posted By Tuggy
BALLS.. Just did another brew last night. My goal...

BALLS.. Just did another brew last night. My goal OG was 1.054 (70%). Hit 1.060 (75%). The only thing that I did different was raise the mash temp from 152 to 158. Everything else was the same.
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Forum: Amber Hybrid Beer 05-19-2011, 06:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,833
Posted By Tuggy
Here's a visual. It has great head retention and...

Here's a visual. It has great head retention and lacing. The picture looks a little dark because I took it at night.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/500/medium/Pikey_Ale.JPG
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-19-2011, 06:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,866
Posted By Tuggy
I have had this before. I even posted a thread...

I have had this before. I even posted a thread about it once. Let me know if this relates... The mouthfeel is kind of like the feel of fish scales.. or in my isolated case (the mouthfeel of diesel...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-19-2011, 05:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,210
Posted By Tuggy
And another question that I saw was efficiency...

And another question that I saw was efficiency from mash to kettle (pre-boil)

My mash reading was 1.030 at 150 degrees. When I converted that based on the temp, it was right at 1.049. Finshed...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-19-2011, 05:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,210
Posted By Tuggy
Yes I'm consistantly 68 - 72. Which is ok. And...

Yes I'm consistantly 68 - 72. Which is ok. And many of the brews have come out great (minus a couple of my experiments).

I guess in the grand scheme of things it really is only the difference of...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-18-2011, 08:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 509
Posted By Tuggy
Just a follow up.. I ended up getting the (King...

Just a follow up.. I ended up getting the (King Kooker 1266) Its really sturdy with a wind gaurd. It's only 38,000 BTUs but it's been more than enough. I also came with a 30qt pot that I can now use...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-18-2011, 08:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,210
Posted By Tuggy
Is 70% really that bad?

I've been working with my current set up to get the best efficiency. My best has been 76% and my worst has been 68%.

My typical mash step includes single infusion with 2 seperate batch sparges...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-18-2011, 05:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 412
Posted By Tuggy
Northern Brewer has some good partial mash kits. ...

Northern Brewer has some good partial mash kits.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/recipe-kits/partial-mash-kits
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-18-2011, 04:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,099
Posted By Tuggy
I had a bunch of friends over and each of them...

I had a bunch of friends over and each of them tried a few of the wheat made with the S-33. They all actually liked the brew, but they said it wasn't my best. I'm brewing the same grain bill over...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-17-2011, 08:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 412
Posted By Tuggy
My recommandation would be to buy a kit. Brewers...

My recommandation would be to buy a kit. Brewers best has some good ones.

It gives you a good idea of the process and some detailed instructions.

My first 3 brews were kits. The first 2 I...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 05-17-2011, 07:11 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 13,669
Posted By Tuggy
I picked up the King Kooker at our local "farm &...

I picked up the King Kooker at our local "farm & fleet" today.

It's 38K BTUs which is plenty. It got my 7 gallon to a boil in 17 min. The thing that I like about this option is that it comes with...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 05-17-2011, 06:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,099
Posted By Tuggy
Ok so my report on S-33. I now have my finished...

Ok so my report on S-33. I now have my finished product.

The yeast fermented fast and pretty clean. Cleaner than US-05. There was a banana smell from the airlock. I cold crashed for 2 weeks and...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-26-2011, 08:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,099
Posted By Tuggy
Franc103: I couldn't agree more. I know that...

Franc103: I couldn't agree more. I know that another go-to yeast is Danstar Nottingham. It shares many characteristics as US-05.

Since I've been so happy with US-04 and 05 I figured I'd start...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-26-2011, 05:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,099
Posted By Tuggy
So an unrelated question. I brewed this wheat...

So an unrelated question. I brewed this wheat beer up last friday. And then I noticed our local club is having a Wit beer cometition later in the month.

My grain bill is listed in the first post....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-25-2011, 04:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,099
Posted By Tuggy
I fermented my S-33 at 69. It was active in about...

I fermented my S-33 at 69. It was active in about 3 hours. And no airlock activity after less than 24 hours. Yesterday I checked the FG and it was right in my target zone.

The auroma from the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-22-2011, 11:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,099
Posted By Tuggy
Ok so I decided on the S-33. I just couldn't bare...

Ok so I decided on the S-33. I just couldn't bare a brew with too much of that clove taste. Let me know how your split batch turns out. This will be my first time with the 33 so I'll report back in a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-22-2011, 04:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,099
Posted By Tuggy
Yes that's my biggest problem. I'm holding onto 4...

Yes that's my biggest problem. I'm holding onto 4 different types I can pitch today.

US-05, S-33, T-58, or WB-06.

I guess what I'm shooting for is a mild wheat.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 04-22-2011, 03:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,099
Posted By Tuggy
Safale Products (WB-06 - S-33)

Ok I've read a few threads on WB-06, but noticed that most of them are from 2007-2009. I have come to love Safale dry yeasts. I use US-05 on almost every "safe" brew that I do. I also like to change...
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