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Forum: General Techniques 03-04-2014, 07:40 PM
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Posted By austinb
Calculating the specific gravity of a blend

So I am trying to make a starter for brewing Thursday but the yeast smack pack I got was about 90 days old so the viability from the brewers friend calculator is only 37% or 37 billion cells. Using...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-03-2014, 04:17 AM
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Posted By austinb
Ok so it sounds like an English yeast may be the...

Ok so it sounds like an English yeast may be the way to go. I used to use Nottingham pretty frequently but also kept the temps a little lower and it was usually pretty clean. So maybe I need to try a...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-02-2014, 06:08 PM
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Posted By austinb
High ester yeast with low phenols?

Hi, I am looking for a yeast with lots of estery fruit character but I'm not really a fan of beers with lots of phenol spice like flavors. I'm thinking of making a white ipa like beer similar but not...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 03-02-2014, 05:23 PM
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Posted By austinb
Some good advice here already. If you want the...

Some good advice here already. If you want the simplest method possible without making any extra starters the yeast is probably still pretty healthy and active right after fermentation has completed...
Forum: General Techniques 09-23-2013, 06:56 PM
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Posted By austinb
Yeah that is what I would do, it's not too late.

Yeah that is what I would do, it's not too late.
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-18-2013, 09:39 PM
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Posted By austinb
Keep in mind that fermentation produces heat so...

Keep in mind that fermentation produces heat so just insulating them with old sleeping bags might keep them at an appropriate temperature. Honestly 70F is a little warm, it may be fine but unless you...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-18-2013, 09:16 PM
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Posted By austinb
42660.5 + 10 gallons = 42670.5 Brewed and am...

42660.5 + 10 gallons = 42670.5

Brewed and am now drinking a 100ibu IRA using wild collected hops (most likely cluster) at a state park that used to be a hop farm. This rarely used hop that used to...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-18-2013, 03:32 PM
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Posted By austinb
Texas beers i need to try

Hi. I am heading to Austin, TX tomorrow for the weekend to go to a wedding. I was wondering if anyone could recommend some great Texas beers that are relatively easy to find in 22oz bottles that I...
Forum: General Techniques 09-18-2013, 05:29 AM
Replies: 8
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Posted By austinb
I made a bourbon cherry stout last October that...

I made a bourbon cherry stout last October that turned out great. I soaked the oak chips in bourbon for two weeks. For the cherries i transferred the beer to a secondary and added the fruit, you...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 09-18-2013, 05:20 AM
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Posted By austinb
Hi, I have a small bag with about 4-5 lbs of...

Hi, I have a small bag with about 4-5 lbs of two-row pale malt that is about 2-3 years old. I wouldn't want to use it as is because last time I used old malt it tasted overly malty and homebrewey....
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-18-2013, 05:12 AM
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Posted By austinb
Wyeast American Ale 1056, White Labs WLP001...

Wyeast American Ale 1056, White Labs WLP001 California Ale and Safale US-05 are all commonly referred to as the Chico strain which is believed to be derived from Sierra Nevada brewing company. With...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-17-2013, 03:21 PM
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Posted By austinb
For those of you who are curious about this...

For those of you who are curious about this yeast, I used to brew with it when I worked for the Mendocino Brewing Company and had access to it for use in my homebrew. The Mendocino brewing company,...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-15-2013, 05:20 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By austinb
If you have a stir plate you should be fine...

If you have a stir plate you should be fine starting the starter as little as 18 hours ahead of time. In the future as a backup since you have to mail order yeast I would keep a few US-05 dry yeast...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-14-2013, 03:33 PM
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Posted By austinb
Well I'm not a huge fan of Belgian banana clove...

Well I'm not a huge fan of Belgian banana clove flavors so I probably wouldn't use up any of my 4 options with a Belgian strain.

I would go with the Chico strain for American ales - wyeast...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-12-2013, 01:46 PM
Replies: 96
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Posted By austinb
Yes Boont Amber is a great choice...one of my...

Yes Boont Amber is a great choice...one of my favorite ambers for sure, much more complexity of flavor than your average amber. It may have a slight hint of sweetness but it is more of a vanilla like...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-12-2013, 04:55 AM
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Posted By austinb
I live in the Northwest so full sail is readily...

I live in the Northwest so full sail is readily available here and honestly I'm not that impressed with it. I'm not a huge fan of most full sail beers as they all seem to have a slightly sweet flavor...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-06-2013, 08:50 PM
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Posted By austinb
You find ambers boring because you have hopped on...

You find ambers boring because you have hopped on (excuse the pun) the IPA bandwagon and have dulled your taste buds to the point where you can no longer appreciate a beer under 40 IBUs. Many of the...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-06-2013, 02:41 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By austinb
In general fermentation raises the temperature...

In general fermentation raises the temperature about 2-5 degrees however, with a very active fermentation I've heard of it going as high as 10 degrees over ambient temperatures. I use 6.5 gallon...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-06-2013, 02:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 394
Posted By austinb
As was already stated your yeast is fine but...

As was already stated your yeast is fine but maybe not your beer since you will most likely get off flavors at those temps. If you can't get the temp down in time it is ok to let it cool in your...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-05-2013, 06:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 700
Posted By austinb
The reason to leave it in the primary after...

The reason to leave it in the primary after fermentation is so the yeast can clean up slight off flavors they produced during fermentation. Some people go 3 to 4 weeks but I usually just go 2 weeks...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-05-2013, 02:59 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By austinb
Starters will ensure you have a good pitch which...

Starters will ensure you have a good pitch which reduces the chance of having stressed off flavor producing yeast. In addition as I said in my earlier post, get the temperature down below 68 before...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-05-2013, 02:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 143
Posted By austinb
Your higher starting temp of 77 degrees will...

Your higher starting temp of 77 degrees will cause the yeast to be much more active, unfortunately this can also lead to off flavors (such as belgian like phenols) and possibly the dreaded headache...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-04-2013, 03:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By austinb
You should always make a starter with liquid...

You should always make a starter with liquid yeast as the smack packs only have enough yeast to properly pitch into 2-3 gallons of beer. Sure it will still work eventually and usually make decent...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-03-2013, 07:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 320
Posted By austinb
Not sure why your beers got stuck if you pitched...

Not sure why your beers got stuck if you pitched 2 packs...I'm assuming that is 2 packs in 5 gallons? Did you properly rehydrate the dry yeast in water first? If not I've heard that the yeast...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 09-03-2013, 03:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 320
Posted By austinb
I do not think cane sugar is the best solution to...

I do not think cane sugar is the best solution to your problem. It will dry out the beer and possibly create cider like off flavors which is probably not what you are looking for and will not create...
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