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Old 05-10-2012, 11:56 AM   #11
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Fermentation slower tonight. One burp every 10 seconds or so. hmm.
If it is still at 58F you might want to think about warming it up towards 70F.


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Old 05-10-2012, 02:57 PM   #12
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I haven't checked min/max on that thermometer but i presume that it's been pretty stable at 58-59f. Which should be ok for pacman.

Right now, increasing the temperature means moving it. Or doing something weird like hooking up a blow dryer to the pid control box i built for an electric smoker.

If patience is likely to be enough, i can be patient.


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Old 05-10-2012, 03:10 PM   #13
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I haven't checked min/max on that thermometer but i presume that it's been pretty stable at 58-59f. Which should be ok for pacman.

Right now, increasing the temperature means moving it. Or doing something weird like hooking up a blow dryer to the pid control box i built for an electric smoker.

If patience is likely to be enough, i can be patient.
Yeah, especially if that is ambient.
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Old 05-10-2012, 03:37 PM   #14
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Also I could have sworn I saw something on one of HBT's posts that indicated Pacman was a "well behaved" yeast that wouldn't really climb out of the fermenter. Which I would think might make it appear less active than other yeasts.
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That's a good point.

This is my 2nd five gallon batch. Previously i have only done 1 gallon batches.

The previous 5 gallon batch was a belgian golden strong ale with 3787 and higher OG. it kept motorboating (and stinking up the house) for like a week.
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Interesting, how many bottles did you use to harvest? I know they say 1 bottle per gallon for harvesting but the OP made it sound like he used a single.
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Interesting, how many bottles did you use to harvest? I know they say 1 bottle per gallon for harvesting but the OP made it sound like he used a single.
I've used 1 before. It just takes a little longer and a few more step-ups.
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I used one bottle. I stepped up once. I did not actually measure my initial wort, either.

It remains to be seen whether this will ultimately work out. I haven't actually looked at the fermenter in about 36 hours at this point. It may be time to switch out the blowoff for an airlock. I suppose i could take a hydrometer reading while I'm at it.
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I don't know why i asked such a silly question since you answered it in the title, it was a late night. But that's cool knowing one bottle can be sufficient to make a batch. Can you elaborate on these "step ups" and the time it took to grow enough viable yeast?
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I don't know why i asked such a silly question since you answered it in the title, it was a late night. But that's cool knowing one bottle can be sufficient to make a batch. Can you elaborate on these "step ups" and the time it took to grow enough viable yeast?
There are a bunch of threads on harvesting Bell's yeast. I harvested from a single bottle of pale ale. My steps were:

1) 25mL @ 1.020 until little tiny krausen formed, shaking as often as possible
2) 500mL @ 1.030 "
3) 1.6L @ 1.040 on stir plate

Took somewhere between 10-14 days. First step takes the longest. The mor bottles of dregs you use, the better.


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