made an intro the other day about just starting to brew in january. anyways, i've used dry yeast in my first three batches and would like to try white labs for the first time next.. i order from AHB like many other people here, and was wondering how well the ice pack works for a shipment to colorado? i was also going to use the yeast fuel. what are the benefits of this?
in three batches i've brewed a dry stout, bavarian hefeweisan, and honey wheat. the stout turned out perfect but the other two had fruity off flavors. i saw the section about off flavors and would contribute them mainly to temperature. in winter upstairs where i've been fermenting probally went from 60f down to 45 in the winter. i would think that would be the cause of the problem.
since it's been getting a little warm here in sw colorado i think the upstairs should temp between 65-80 upstairs. is there a better way to control the temp or what beers can handle different temp changes better? i'll be ordering the summit ipa from AHB next(anyone tried it?). how does an ipa handle temperature change?
thanks for any help to this novice..