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Old 09-13-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
Nikeirons
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Getting ready to brew my 2nd batch. Chimay blue from Austin Homebrew. I'll be using white labs yeast, I got the double pitch option and the yeast fuel.
My questions are if I double pitch do I need a starter?
Should I primary this style beer in a 6 gallon better bottle or in my 7.9 gallon bottle bucket/ primary? (do I need extra head space if it starts going crazy)
I have the instructions but am wondering how long you guys primary and secondary this style of beer?
Reason I ask about the starter is I never made one before and was hoping the double pitch would be ok.

I would welcome any tips!!

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Old 09-13-2012, 08:45 PM   #2
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If you can do a starter, why buy the double pitch? Make a starter with one and save the other for another batch.

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:54 PM   #3
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When I purchased the kit I didn't know anything about starters. After I Placed the order I learned about starters. This is only my second batch. Trying to learn as much as possible.

 
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:42 PM   #4
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i want this kit too. anyone out there brew this? just wondering if the extract kit is worth the money. if it were me... i would Triple or Quad the yeast pitch. just 2 WLP's seems kinda low for such a high gravity beer. but i never brewed a high gravity.. yet. this is just what i have seen others do. pitch high when gravity is high. anyways.. let us know. i wanna tast a bottle, when its done

 
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:06 AM   #5
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I will be brewing it this weekend. I post updates.
Just curious what temp to ferment at? I picked up some DME so I will try to make a starter for it.
Could someone recommend how to make it for me. (how much water/DME to use)

Thanks

 
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Old 09-14-2012, 02:59 AM   #6
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How To Make A Starter

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I will be brewing it this weekend. I post updates.
Just curious what temp to ferment at? I picked up some DME so I will try to make a starter for it.
Could someone recommend how to make it for me. (how much water/DME to use)

Thanks

 
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:36 AM   #7
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Thanks for the starter link!!
So will the 1/2 up DME and 2 cups water like in the illustration be good for my starter?
Recipe calls for OG of 1.089.
This is a 5 gallon batch

 
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Old 09-14-2012, 03:26 PM   #8
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Mr. Malty


Punch your numbers in and it will tell you what size you should pitch. Happy Brewing
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Thanks for the starter link!!
So will the 1/2 up DME and 2 cups water like in the illustration be good for my starter?
Recipe calls for OG of 1.089.
This is a 5 gallon batch

 
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Old 09-15-2012, 03:40 AM   #9
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Learn how to make starters: It will save money and ensure you have plenty of yeast to pitch.

Once you do it once, you will find how easy it is.

Don't worry about the size of the starter, just make one of any convenient size. A 1 liter starter is better than none, a 2 liter (half gallon) is better.

Any starter is better than none. Once you get confidence in making starters, then you can start refining the size. Personally, I give very little attention to yeast calculators. They get you in the ball park, but there are so many variables, that +/-50% will generally makes no difference. I would say +/- 100%, but that would theoretically bring in the possibility of pitching no yeast.

 
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:43 PM   #10
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Thanks for the tips. I made a starter of 1.5qt with 150g of DME pitched my wlp500. Hope it turns out good.

Thanks again!!

 
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