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Old 11-19-2013, 04:17 PM   #441
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Please forgive my lazy drunken self... I even searched though the thread for "yeast" but couldnt find if anyone had done experiments with this recipe to find if one yeast works better than another. If I'm gonna wait for 2 years I'd really like to have the best possible results ;]

If nobody has done this maybe ill do a split batch for science.
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Old 11-21-2013, 02:53 AM   #442
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With the 5 Gal fermenter I would be able to manage the headspace appropriately. Appreciate that BetterBottles are popular (none of the places mentioned I think actually sell 'The BetterBottle', they all sell a UK version) but they are also very expensive at around ⅔ the price of new Glass.

That being said, can I use my fermenter? I do I need to take the plunge and buy glass? Bearing in mind that the Banana wine may need a good bit of ageing in the secondary.
I personally wouldn't age in plastic. It's fine for short term storage, but everything I've had to leave in plastic has gotten "cardboard" flavor after a while. Over about a year, that tends to turn to a "dish soap" flavor.
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Old 11-21-2013, 01:15 PM   #443
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I personally wouldn't age in plastic. It's fine for short term storage, but everything I've had to leave in plastic has gotten "cardboard" flavor after a while. Over about a year, that tends to turn to a "dish soap" flavor.
You're not using better bottles then. Long term aging in BBs is fine. I have several beers approaching a year in them with no off flavors.
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Old 11-21-2013, 07:07 PM   #444
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You're not using better bottles then. Long term aging in BBs is fine. I have several beers approaching a year in them with no off flavors.
I recently bulk-aged a mead in a Better Bottle for a year, and it was magnificent tasting. No worries with the BB.
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Old 11-23-2013, 06:59 PM   #445
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I personally wouldn't age in plastic. It's fine for short term storage, but everything I've had to leave in plastic has gotten "cardboard" flavor after a while. Over about a year, that tends to turn to a "dish soap" flavor.
Thanks! Took the plunge and bought a 5 Gal glass Carboy.
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:04 PM   #446
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Happy fermenting in your new glass carboy. Now get that banana wine going and get it in there. Better Bottles work fine too. The PETG is very inert.
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Old 11-23-2013, 08:46 PM   #447
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Thanks! The PET bottles are still ⅔ the price of glass so may as well go with glass overall.

On another topic, YEAST.

I have Gervins GV10, GV5 & Lalvin EC-1118, whaddya reckon?
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:35 PM   #448
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My plan was always Lalvin EC-1118 or Red Star Premier Cuvee (Prise de Mousse). All the best!
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Old 11-24-2013, 03:36 AM   #449
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You're not using better bottles then. Long term aging in BBs is fine. I have several beers approaching a year in them with no off flavors.
True. PET bottle, but not a BB.
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I now have 5 Gal bubbling away nicely in my new Carboy (using EC-1118) and a further 1 Gal in a 1 Gal Demijohn for topping up etc. It is clearing very nicely, I used 1kg muscavado sugar and the clearing wine is a Rosť colour. A couple of accidental gluts yesterday when siphoning from the ale pails and it tastes good.
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