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Old 09-18-2011, 04:36 PM   #1
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I have brewed a Lager one week ago. I used white labs WLP862 cry havoc yeast strain. So when I pitched this yeast into my fermenter. After 3 days of inactivity it finally started to ferment. Now its been one week I was thinking is was ready for secondary. When I checked the hydrometer it was at 1.041 starting from 1.048. I know with lagers the temp should be around 58-50 degrees. Has anyone had issues with this yeast strain. Should I pitch another vile of yeast in? my fridge temp is at the lower end of 52-49. Any tips?

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Old 09-18-2011, 04:43 PM   #2
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WLP060 is not cry havoc, it's American Ale. So if you pitched WLP060 you're way off

If you pitched WLP862 (Cry Havoc) then the optimum ferm temps are 55-58. I would crank the temp up a few degrees.

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for pointing out my typo I'll see if I can fix it. According to the White Labs Experts they say 50-58. I did turn down my fridge so hopefully it will continue to ferment.

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:49 PM   #4
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http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/strains_wlp862.html

^^This spec sheet says 55-58F

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:02 PM   #5
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If you pitched a single vial then you under pitched, and that's why it's slow. You need 5 vials or a large starter for a 1.048 lager.

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 09:11 PM   #6
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I would leave it be and take a page from the cry havoc creator himself RDWHAHB. I under pitched my first lager and it ended up fine and I fermented at the low end of the temp range. I would suggest a diacetyl rest with an under pitched lager.

 
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:53 PM   #7
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I'm just going to leave it alone until next weekend.
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:14 AM   #8
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Thought lagers took longer to ferment as a rule, if you're seeing gravity drop it's working, just let 'er go. Getting ready to keg my 2nd late-hopped wheat beer using Cryhavoc, I really liked the first one, really liked the finish the yeast gave it, hoping the 2nd with my tweaks turns out like gold.

 
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Old 09-19-2011, 04:29 PM   #9
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@ BigRob for your wheat, are you fermenting at lager temps or ale? I haven't used cry havoc for ales. As a rule about how long does lagers take to ferment?
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Old 09-20-2011, 11:34 AM   #10
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I fermented at 58F, but I actually pitched at 48F and let it rise to 58F, then gradually let it rise to 62F after a week of fermentation.

 
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