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Old 02-19-2011, 12:25 AM   #1
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So, first time using Safale-05 and I pitched by pouring dry into the wort and stirring (yeah, I should of rehydrated first but I was dumb and I followed the packet instructions).

It took about a day to take off and krausened like nothing I've ever seen. Now, 5 days after pitching, there is still a kind of disgusting, gluey krausen that has only gone down a tiny bit. I just took the blow off tube off a few moments ago b/c it kept foaming up my airlocks.

I'm not really that disturbed, I'm sure it'll be fine, but I'm just curious if this is a normal Safale05 thing or maybe it has something to do with the fact I sprinkled the yeast on the top... thoughts?


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Old 02-19-2011, 12:36 AM   #2
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That sounds pretty similar to my use of S-05. I used to use Nottingham a lot, but have switched to S-05 until they get their issues figured out. Compared to the crazy & fast fermentations with notty, the S-05 seems to have longer fermentations, a krausen that sticks around longer, and takes longer to floc out.


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US-05 is not a true top cropping strain, but it can produce fermentation where the yeast accumulates on the surface of the beer.
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I had two entirely different results with the same packet. Using the same base grain bill I made one ginger beer and one pale ale.
For the ginger beer I added honey and sprinkled dry, it foamed out the airlock.
For the pale ale, I made a starter, and while it went nuts for two days, there was barely 1/2". Went so fast I thought it might be stuck.
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So... whats causing this disgusting dough-like Krausen??? I'm trying to dry hop this, but the crap isn't going away. I'm at 6 days post pitch and the foam-gunk is 1 inch from the top of the carboy.
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Two pics of S-05 same brew day- different beer, 10 points different in OG. All sprinkled on top. Top pic is after 48 hours, and the bottom one is after 5 days.

Does yours look like either?
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So... whats causing this disgusting dough-like Krausen??? I'm trying to dry hop this, but the crap isn't going away. I'm at 6 days post pitch and the foam-gunk is 1 inch from the top of the carboy.
Six days? Go two weeks and let's talk. The yeast is still probably active and fermenting.
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Two pics of S-05 same brew day- different beer, 10 points different in OG. All sprinkled on top. Top pic is after 48 hours, and the bottom one is after 5 days.

Does yours look like either?
I don't think that looks all that odd... IMO.
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Looks just like mine with us-05. Seems normal. Does take a couple weeks before it dies down.
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I don't think that looks all that odd... IMO.
Not saying it is odd- just an example that the same yeast can look different while fermenting.


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