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Old 08-12-2009, 10:36 PM   #1
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Default Safale US-05's alcohol tolerance?

I can't find any info on Safale US-05's alcohol tolerance on the Fermentis website or in the PDF spec sheet. Does anybody have a clue?

I was thinking of using 05 for a 1.105 OG, 10.5% ABV "Winter Warmer" and want to know if I'm good to go...


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Old 08-12-2009, 10:45 PM   #2
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Nevermind. Just found it listed as 12%

Now I'm wondering how hard I'll have to "push" to get it to 10.5.
I guess I'll use some yeast energizer in the boil.

Suggestions are most welcome. This will be my highest gravity brew to date.


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Old 08-12-2009, 10:52 PM   #3
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I poured a barleywine on top of half of a US-05 yeast cake from an IPA. It took it from 1.109 to 1.022 (11.45% ABV) with absolutely no effort in about 10 days. If you want something foolproof, this is what I would do.

Also, make sure you oxygenate well and I would also use some yeast nutrients in your winter warmer. If you haven't made the beer that the cake will come from, some yeast nutrients there also couldn't hurt.
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Thanks!

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You could use 2 packages. It would be a big starter for a big beer.

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In my experience US-05 (proper pitch rate, proper oxygen) will not even blink at 10.5%. Will be there faster than you can imagine.
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Thanks guys!
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My barleywine went from 1.109 to mid 1.020s in 10 days. Pitched on to less than half an IPA cake of Wyeast 1056 (same strain as US-05). I only used half based on Jamil's calculator.
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Default Safale 05 high alcohol bottle carb?

I plan on a DFH 90 clone that'll finish around 9%. Will the s-05 be able to carb that? Or should I chose a different yeast?
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I brewed an IIPA that finished at 9.5% using 2 packets of US-05. No issues with the ferment or carbonation. Only thing I noticed was that it took a bit longer to achieve the proper balance in the bottle. At 3 weeks it was still sort of sticky sweet but after another couple of weeks the flavors came together and it was one of the best IIPAs I have ever had. You won't be disappointed, and super easy to use.


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