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Old 02-24-2005, 10:57 PM   #1
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I picked up some servomyces capsules made by White Labs at the HBS the other day. He said he had just got them in and that they are suppose to work awesome......Its suppose to give the wert tons of nutrients for the yeast to help get a good fermentation going fast and strong. He said that the commercial brewers use the same stuff. Im kind of excited to try it this weekend and see how it works...Anyone else used these? BTW, they were 9.50 for 6 of them.

 
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Old 02-24-2005, 11:17 PM   #2
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I find that my ferments are fast and vigorous with no need for nutrients. I always added nutrients to mead, but never have needed it in beer. YMMV.

And maybe some commercial brewers use nutrients, but a great many take pride in the fact and advertise that their beer is malt, hops, water, yeast.

Let us know if you see a difference in your ferment. Cheers!
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Old 02-24-2005, 11:19 PM   #3
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I just googled that stuff and people do seem to like it quite a lot. I'm really curious to see what you think...be sure to keep us updated
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Old 02-24-2005, 11:20 PM   #4
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Well, the 3 batches ive made so far I have had pretty short fermentation, One of them I never saw any action in the airlock so it must have done it over night or something because it fermented....I'll let ya know how it goes.

 
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Old 02-24-2005, 11:22 PM   #5
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OK, sorry for the multiple posts...last one. I also found this:

The nutrient, which is patented, is unique because it is a biological substance without chemicals or additives. Because it is natural, it falls within the Rienheitsgebot, or German brewing laws.

So, I'm totally wrong what I said above. You can add this stuff and still claim Rienheitsgebot compliance. Very cool.
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Old 02-24-2005, 11:24 PM   #6
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Sweetness....you had me worried a little, but thats comforting.

 
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Old 02-25-2005, 02:59 AM   #7
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Hey... I've never heard of this "Reinheitsgebot" thing before so I googled it. However, it says:

"Furthermore, we wish to emphasize that in future in all cities, markets and in the country, the only ingredients used for the brewing of beer must be Barley, Hops and Water. Whosoever knowingly disregards or transgresses upon this ordinance, shall be punished by the Court authorities' confiscating such barrels of beer, without fail."

...erm... so not to sound too much like a lawyer, if you add anything but barley, hops, or water to a beer it violates the reinheitsgebot. Or somebody slap me, because I probably don't know what I'm talking about again.

 
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Old 02-25-2005, 03:16 AM   #8
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it was an old german brewing law, enacted by the guilds back in the 1500's, helped to keep the german beer unique, and helped to corner the market as the guilds did so well... i think it was made optional by the European Union in more recent times, so anhiesur bush can sell it's slop
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:13 PM   #9
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The name "servomyces" makes me think of yeast. It sounds a lot like the name of beer yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). Maybe it's just dead yeast cells or something? If that were the case, it would still comply.
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Old 02-28-2005, 09:45 PM   #10
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Well I brewed sunday and have excellent fermentation going. It took off within 10-12 hours and is goin strong. My buddy used it too and his fermentation started within a few hours!! We pitched the yeast at like 90 deg which assisted i think. I think this stuff works great.

 
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