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Old 11-24-2009, 01:22 AM   #1
togabear
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Do you need to have a starter for a abbey ale with a OG of 1.095? I just used two vials of WLP50 and I think this will be fine, but just wanted to know if any one else has done this. I was aiming for 1.082, but got a little enthusiastic with the grain...I shouldn't had a few Belgians before I brewed mine, but I dont regret it...yet.

 
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Old 11-24-2009, 01:29 AM   #2
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It will probably be fine, but even with a double pitch you are underpitching compared to optimal. According to Brew like a monk, many of the abbeys deliberately underpitch to emphasize the esters, but I do not know by how much.

 
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Old 11-24-2009, 03:12 AM   #3
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Thanks! thats what I was thought. I read stressed yeast give more esters and fruit flavor. Im gonna age this beer for a long time in the bottle so I really dont care. The wort tasted really good.

 
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Old 11-25-2009, 06:23 PM   #4
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Just checked the brew. Its fine and there's a nice foam on the top. Tastes good for fermenting brew and gravity dropped to 1.070. Going a little slow, but that is to be expected. Just posting this for anyone else in the future that has the same question.

 
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