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Old 03-07-2012, 07:32 AM   #1
Mar 2009
Austin, TX
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For me it is the Wyeast Belgian Ardennes 3522. I pitched that bad boy into my Belgian Enkel and it just took off after about 12 hours. I pitched it at 75f, let it cool to room temperature (71f), got some action and attached my brew belt to the primary (75f), than finally put it in my bathroom with the light left on (about 77f) and it is a god damned rocket yeast. I swear to God that you can press the top of the fermenter (plastic bucket with co2 runoff) to push out the c02 and WATCH it expand again.

I can't say I have ever used a yeast this aggressive before, and ever time I use it I am always amazed.

BTW, if you are curious about my recipe here it is; I decided to go for a sessionable Belgian and I think I hit it just about right.

3.50 lb Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 38.89 %
2.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 22.22 %
1.00 lb Wheat Malt, Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 11.11 %
0.50 lb Acid Malt (3.0 SRM) Grain 5.56 %
0.50 lb Aromatic Malt (26.0 SRM) Grain 5.56 %
0.50 lb Caramunich Malt (56.0 SRM) Grain 5.56 %
1.00 oz Styrian Goldings [4.20 %] (60 min) Hops 15.5 IBU
1.00 oz Saaz [2.50 %] (10 min) Hops 3.3 IBU
1.00 lb Candi Sugar, Amber (75.0 SRM) Sugar 11.11 %
1 Pkgs Belgian Saison (Wyeast Labs #3724)

Mashed at 150f for 90 min (after 90min the temp was 145f) 90min boil, SG of 1.054, hoping it will finish about 1.008, although I have the feeling that this yeast will bring it down a little lower.

Anyways, what ingredients (or hardware) have you used that never fails to surpass your expectations?
Primary Fermenter: English Mild

Primary Fermenter: English ESB

Secondary: EMPTY :(

Secondary: Empty :(

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Old 03-07-2012, 07:48 AM   #2
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Fresh Cascades for an aroma hop.. Never disapoints....
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Old 03-07-2012, 08:47 AM   #3
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Simcoe in any form. The stuff just makes my heart melt. <3
Primary: nada
Secondary: emptyness
Bottled/Fridge: Sierra Nevada Celebration
Bombers/Growlers/Aging: The Abyss, Firestone 19th Anniversary Ale
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:39 PM   #4
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My Cooper's micro brew FV. It always performs well,easy to clean,& never an infection. And it can hold some 6.5G & still have head space.
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Old 03-07-2012, 05:48 PM   #5
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Citra hops. Dry hop, bittering hop, flavor hop, aroma hop...

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:08 PM   #6
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CO2. Never lets me down in carbonating my beer.

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Old 03-07-2012, 06:46 PM   #7
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The alcohol is pretty good and never fails
On Deck: Cornucopia Oktoberfest
Primary: Centennial Blonde v2, Ed Wort's Kolsch
Secondary: none
Kegged: County Jail Pale Ale, AHS Anniv IPA, AHS Brooklyn Brown, Raspberry Wheat, Blood Orange Hefe, Ranger IPA clone (x2), Newcastle clone, AHS Irish Red, Centennial Blonde
Bottled: Session Series Belgian Saison, Apocalypso, Pecan Porter, DFH 90 Minute Clone, Apfelwein (x2), Wytchmaker Rye IPA Clone, Vienna/Simcoe SMaSH, Munich/Cascade SMaSH

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Old 03-07-2012, 10:11 PM   #8
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Midnight Wheat from Briess. That **** is amazing.
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:02 PM   #9
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San Antonio, Texas
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Nelson Sauvin hops and wyeast 3711. That stuff is a beast.
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Kegged: Das Funken Weisse, Un Poquito Wylde
Bottled: Epik Barleywine, Chocolate Chili Pumpkin Porter, EKG Amber
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:31 PM   #10
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Water is also pretty important.

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