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Old 04-30-2007, 07:07 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by cweston
I think numbers 1 & 2 are probably good strategies for twang minimalization. I don't buy #3, though: liquid yeast is absolutely necessary for some styles, but not for others. There are some excellent quality dried yeasts out there.
Like I said, I am not blaming the yeast. I have only done a few batches, the first few I did 1.5 gallon boils, used both LME and DME, and used dry yeast...they had the twang that people speak of. Then I did a recipe where I used only DME, a 3.5 gallon boil, and liquid yeast, that batch did not have any twang to speak of.

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Old 04-30-2007, 07:59 PM   #12
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I have had 1 extract batch that had the twang. Since then I have switched to all DME and have made beers I would stack up to any AG out there. I do plan to move to partial mash, but only because I want to increase my involvement with the process.

As far as the yeast is concerned, it should not have any impact on the twang, the twang is mostly due to older LME.

And as for the monetary investment you have made, everything you have bought for extract will be used when doing AG (you'll still need that stock pot and fermenter, hydrometer, siphon, ect...). AG involves buying more equipment to supplement what you already have, not to replace it.
And now we go AG!

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Old 04-30-2007, 08:49 PM   #13
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Something that really helped my beers was fermentation control. Having an environment a constant 61 degrees really ensures a clean fermentation. If you are above 65 ambient you may want to look into it before AG.

I build a fermentation chiller (the one from extruded polystyrene) and it was about 70 bucks, with the inconvenience of changing the ice every 2-3 days. Is it worth it? Hells yes! I would often cringe upon the taste of fuesols and junk in the beer. Not to mention the headaches! Glad to have all that in the past.
Every little thing is gonna be alright.

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