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Old 03-14-2012, 10:21 PM   #11
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That's exactly what I did and I average 85% now.
That's awesome! I hope to get my process dialed in to where I can get a decently high and repeatable efficiency every time I brew. How long did it take you to get to that point?
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:04 AM   #12
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That's awesome! I hope to get my process dialed in to where I can get a decently high and repeatable efficiency every time I brew. How long did it take you to get to that point?
Once I started experimenting, not more than 2-3 brews.
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:21 AM   #13
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I was at the local brewstore last weekend and all the folks there agreed that they had all quit using a starter even with liquid yeast? What up with that?

 
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:36 AM   #14
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Who knows? Maybe they can't tell the difference, maybe they just don't want to mess with it.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:38 AM   #15
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I was at the local brewstore last weekend and all the folks there agreed that they had all quit using a starter even with liquid yeast? What up with that?
Who knows? The information is out there, if they want to ignore it let them. More ribbons for me

 
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:56 PM   #16
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Alright, two weeks later and here's the latest: it took off right away, vigorous fermentation and large krausen within 8 hours, two days later it stopped. Two weeks later now and it seems to be stuck at 1.022. Is this typical for old yeast, especially old Windsor?? I racked to secondary because I needed room in primary for today's brew. What should I do with this brown ale that's stuck at 1.022? Hydro sample tasted delicious and not even all that sweet. I could possibly pick up a fresh pack of Windsor and pitch it or else maybe a pack of US-05, or I could just let it sit. Any thoughts??
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:12 AM   #17
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Did you just sprinkle the yeast on top of the wort or did you properly rehydrate it?
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Old 04-07-2012, 02:28 AM   #18
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I vote your done. The yeast did their thing. Give it another week and bottle. That's what I would do.

 
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Old 04-07-2012, 04:27 AM   #19
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I sprinkled, didn't bother with rehydrating. I'll let it sit in secondary for a while and then bottle, I'm not in a huge hurry anyways. It tastes good as it is, my only concern is that I might be making bombs when I do get around to bottling it.
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