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Old 06-11-2008, 04:24 AM   #1
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Default Fermentation with WLP 568 Saison Blend

I brewed up a Saison this past weekend with an OG of 1.080 and pitched a 2000mL starter of WLP 568 that I had built up twice. Fermentation took off within 5-6 hours and after about 8 hours it started to blow out the blow off tube. I checked it the next day and bubbling seemed to have slowed considerably and then checked today and gravity is only at 1.05. The fermenter is in my closet at a temp of about 78-80F. Has anyone experienced similar results with this yeast before? Does it just need more time? I've brewed one other Saison with this yeast strain and it went from 1.075 to 1.019 on it's own at this same temp.

This beer is an AG with a rest of 60 min at 149 degrees.

I realize I might be panicking too early but this is the first beer I've made that has fermented like this.

Any input/ideas are appreciated. Thx.



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Old 06-11-2008, 09:20 AM   #2
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Yep, I think you're panicking. Although 78 - 80 degrees is in the range for this yeast, I'd try to lower it just a little bit to 70 to 75.


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Old 06-11-2008, 07:31 PM   #3
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I had great results with this yeast. I started at 68 and finished at 79 over a week or so. I didn't check the FG until the 3 week mark and it was right on the mark.

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How much bubbling did you have in the airlock, mine has pretty much dropped to once every 30-60 sec.

I brewed with this strain of yeast about 8 weeks ago and it seemed active for about a week.
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How much bubbling did you have in the airlock, mine has pretty much dropped to once every 30-60 sec.

I brewed with this strain of yeast about 8 weeks ago and it seemed active for about a week.
Remember, length of fermentation, or airlock activity for that matter, is a very poor indicator of fermentation "health." I think for this phase of fermentation, the temperature you have it out is good. I would wait for the bubbling to slow a bit more, and then take a hydrometer reading. That is the only way you can tell.
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This fermentation seemed to pick up pretty well with just a bit of agitation to get the yeast stirred back up. After the blow off last weekend it did seemed to go dormant for about a day. I checked the gravity Tuesday and it was at 1.05 (OG was 1.08), I agitated it a bit and by Wednesday it was bubbling a quite a bit again and I could see the fermentation action in the carboy. It's still as active this morning so it looks like it might turn out pretty well on it's own. I have bought a vial of WLP565 in case it needed it but don't think I'll have to use it now.

There is an article in the May/June arcticle of Zymurgy on Saisons and the author does indicate that some of the Saison strains to seem do die out but will come back to life. Looks like that may have happened here.
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I brewed a black Saison last weekend with this yeast and so far not what I expected. Krausen bubbling on top (as it should) with a ton of activity in the wort, but nothing in the airlock. Lots of little bubbles in the airlock, but no actual activity. Fermentation temp is 76-78. I used a yeast starter that was prepared 3 days earlier.

Am I also paniking?
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Am I also paniking?

Both of you don't even look at the beer for 2-3wks, airlocks bubbles mean ****.

Now go play outside you two
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Huge fan of this yeast. I've used it twice and hit a final gravity of 1.005 in a week both times. In both situations I was only fermenting at about 70 degrees and only made a 2 quart starter. I am told most other Saison yeasts just can't finish the job and often stall. Definitely not the case with this stuff.
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I would like to add to this zombie thread. I fermented this yeast for 2 days at 70ish and then 5 days at 80ish. This took my saison from 1.053 to 1.006 in a week, I was very surprised. I used a 1L starter for a 5 gallon batch. I have it carbing up now so we shall see what kind of flavors I get from it.


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