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  1. Dr. Francois

    Safeale S-33 - Wyeast 1214

    S-33 is the British EDME strain. It's not Belgian at all. It has good alcohol tolerance, so some use it for that reason. For the two beers you mention, a Belgian strain is going to be weird. Stick to clean/simple/neutral. A half packet of US-05, Nottingham, or S-04 would be a better match.
  2. Dr. Francois

    Your Favorite Porter Yeast

    US-05 Sent from my SGH-T889 using Home Brew mobile app
  3. Dr. Francois

    Safbrew T-58 stopped fermenting?

    As always, YMMV. How many days in are you now?
  4. Dr. Francois

    Safbrew T-58 stopped fermenting?

    T-58 has a tendency to stall out and then magically restart fermentation. My rye ale stalled at 1.020 for a week, then ramped-up to finish at 1.008.
  5. Dr. Francois

    Fruitiest ale yeast?

    Any other carve-outs?
  6. Dr. Francois

    Rehydrate Safale US05 YEs or NO?

    1 packet is good. I would rehydrate.
  7. Dr. Francois

    Another US-05 experiment... temperature fluctuations

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  8. Dr. Francois

    Denny's favorite 50

    Interesting to hear this. I stopped following the thread on BRY-97 after a significant number of posters declared it too similar (or less desireable) than US-05. So you think BRY-97 might be closer to American Ale II than Chico? Truth time...I've never used a liquid culture. I'm always on...
  9. Dr. Francois

    Another US-05 experiment... temperature fluctuations

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  10. Dr. Francois

    Windsor FG woes

    I think at almost 62% attenuation, you're in the range that Windsor regularly provides. According to Danstar, Windsor has "Moderate attenuation, which will leave a relatively high gravity." It might be done, but I see no harm in letting it sit a while longer.
  11. Dr. Francois

    New Danstar Belle Saison Dry Yeast?

    I'm only reporting unsubstantiated rumors, but I heard at LHBS that T-58 and Belle Saison are progeny of the same strain, reported to be the strain from Saison DuPonte. Again, not evidence, but repeated rumors from a very smart guy who works at LHBS.
  12. Dr. Francois

    Nottingham w/ California Common Recipe

    D.H. Lawrence Steam, if you will. Rainbow Steam? I switched to US-05 and couldn't tell the difference. I'm not the most acute taster, but I think you'll be perfectly happy. My Steam recipe is currently fermenting with *gasp* S-04. I made the switch after realizing that the differences...
  13. Dr. Francois

    House Yeast Strains?? Do you have any??

    +1 I don't love it, but US-05 is my de-facto house strain. It is just too clean and too convenient for me to go looking at other yeast. That said, if I were a more patient man, I might very well go with Pacman or Denny's Favorite. But I ain't got time for that!
  14. Dr. Francois

    Safale S-04 Kills Hops?

    S-04 does tend to emphasize malt at the expense of hops, and US-05 the opposite. These emphases are subtle, and both are still capable of producing excellent beers in many styles. I'm brewing an IPA this weekend with S-04. My guess would be that all will be well once you package the beer...
  15. Dr. Francois

    Pure O2 = extreme lag

    20 hours is not extreme lag. I would file it under "typical." If you are using your airlock to gauge fermentation activity, 1) don't and 2) you are really measuring the length of time the yeast takes to fill up the headspace in the fermenter with dense CO2. If a nervous homebrewer keeps...
  16. Dr. Francois

    Safbrew T-58

    Not that I noticed.
  17. Dr. Francois

    Safbrew T-58

    Just an update that this beer was quite good. Yeast stalled for a couple days around 1.020, but finished below 1.010. Very fruity, a little spicy, and not excessively "Belgiany." A great summer beer, though next time I would go with Perle or Saaz for hopping.
  18. Dr. Francois

    Question pitching Imp. Stout onto yeast cake

    Nothing. Several sources have run tests, and conversion usually happens well before the 60 minute mark. In the BYO survey study, some brewers reported full conversion within 20 minutes while others took as many as 45. Long story short, just like you should use a hydrometer instead of...
  19. Dr. Francois

    Show off your blow off!

    Edit: I think I misread the title. Sorry!