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Old 02-07-2013, 07:23 PM   #1
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Well i just brewed a Vienna lager this past Sunday ( my first decoction ever and it went great!!). It was a 5.5 gallon batch with a O.G. of 1.049. So i pitched i starter of around 400 billion cells. I made a step starter and for the last setup i added about 1.4 liters of my first runnings which i water down and boiled to get a s.g. of .042. I pitched my yeast around 59f since that was as cold as my ground water can go. Then i stuck my fermenter in a ice bath in my ice chest where i ferment at. The starting temp was around 45 degrees and i had fermention begin slowly around 8 hours from pitching but after going for two days at 48-50 degrees i started to get blow off in my airlock. Is the normal for this yeast? Here is a pic of what it looked like before i cleaned it off.
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Oh and sorry if i ramble on but i just wanted to write in all the factors!!
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:25 PM   #2
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Totally normal. Isn't brewing fun!

Just because it's a lager yeast, doesn't mean it won't form a krausen or cause a blow off. I like using fermcap-S in my wort to prevent the krausen from raising much over 1" of headspace.
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:47 PM   #3
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Totally normal. Isn't brewing fun!

Just because it's a lager yeast, doesn't mean it won't form a krausen or cause a blow off. I like using fermcap-S in my wort to prevent the krausen from raising much over 1" of headspace.
Lol brewing is to much fun sometime lol I had great time doing a decoction also. But this was my first time using wyeast 2124 and was suprised a yeast can react like that at those temps. Well in the yeasts defense I did feed them really well haha.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:49 AM   #4
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So i just got sick of cleaning my airlock out. I did it twice before I stuck a blow off tube on the bucket!!!
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Old 12-19-2013, 04:32 PM   #5
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I'm having the same experience with my Bohemian Pilsner and this yeast, even with Fermcap. It's very happy at 9C (48F). Cheers!
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Old 12-19-2013, 05:34 PM   #6
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I'm having the same experience with my Bohemian Pilsner and this yeast, even with Fermcap. It's very happy at 9C (48F). Cheers!
Yeah this is a great yeast!! And very versatile although I haven't used it in any type of steam beer yet I hear it works really well at ale temps.
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:03 PM   #7
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Going to start sloooooowly increasing the temp on this bad boy, 4 days in. Just upped it from 48F to 49F, will go another degree tomorrow morning and night and continue until I reach 53 or 54. Then once I get to about 1.020 I'll bump it up 5F at a time until it's resting at 68F for 2-3 days, then cold crash and lager it under pressure for a month. Hoping it will be ready for the Super Bowl. Cheers!
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