A friend of mine is looking to maybe get into brewing and wanted to give it a go. I basically told him that we’d split the cost of ingredients and then each take half of the haul, once bottled. I put together an IPA recipe that was slated to come out at 1.069 OG. So we brew this beer and I use just one packet of US-05, sprinkled directly into the wort. I have rehydrated this yeast as well as used it as-is and have had great results both ways. For this brew I did not rehydrate. I didn’t take a preboil OG this time around either…I should have, but I didn’t. So at the end of the boil I take the OG and it’s 1.080! 86% efficiency. My equipment is just a Cooler MLT with a manifold and a regular 10 gallon brew pot. No false bottoms or anything.
So anyway, I sprinkled this one packet of US-05 in and let it sit in the primary for nearly 4 weeks, then onto the secondary for dry hopping. I took my OG and it was 1.010, so this bad boy ended up at 9.2% and US-05 handled it with NO problem whatsoever. The flavor is outstanding. This beer was hopped to hell and back, so the surprise I got in efficiency still yielded a tasty beer with a prevalent hop profile. The moral of the story is that US-05 is a beast!
There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese.