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    Question Of Collecting Yeast From SS Brewtech Chronical

    Haha very true, I am doing a Saison this coming week. We will see how a less flocculant yeast does for collection. I usually use WLP007 for all my IPAs, so I an kinda worried on that front as it drops like a brick too.
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    Question Of Collecting Yeast From SS Brewtech Chronical

    sudsybrewer - I think that is exactly what I am doing, punching a hole right through the yeast cone. A reduced fitting is a good idea. I had opened my ballvalve only partially but nothing came out so I opened it full on and the tube of yeast slowly came out then a rush of liquid. I should try...
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    Question Of Collecting Yeast From SS Brewtech Chronical

    Thank you for the reply and advice brewfarmDan - I like the idea of orienting the ball valve like that. I will have to try that.
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    Prechiller vs re-circulating ice water

    Dan - FYI, prior to my pump I had a pre-chiller coil that I used. The pre-chiller coil in ice and water is no contest against a pump, whirlpool, and submersible pump in ice water. Take this with a grain of salt, as I did not have a plate chiller or something like that inline before pumping my...
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    Prechiller vs re-circulating ice water

    Dan - I use an IC, a submersible pump, and a bucket full of ice and a little water. I also have a pump that I whirlpool with so the chilling wort is steadily circulating across the cools of the IC. My process, I hook my faucet to my IC and let it rip at the coldest setting possible on the...
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    Question Of Collecting Yeast From SS Brewtech Chronical

    I have an SS Brewtech 7 gallon Chronical. I have only brewed and fermented with it once so far. When I used the dump valve, the 3/4" ball valve, attached to a 90 degree elbow, after day two of fermentation I got about 30-40% trub and 60-70% beer. I always do a whirlpool and let it settle for...
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    SS BrewTech Chronical First Time Use

    jdunn - let my know how your Zombie Dust clone comes out. I am enjoying mine right now.
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    SS BrewTech Chronical First Time Use

    kcmobrewer - As I continue to use mine, I will hit you up if I find a better way of dumping the yeast, a non hole creating way. Being able to collect my yeast was one of the benefits I was looking forward to when getting this Chronical.
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    SS BrewTech Chronical First Time Use

    So, I had been visiting SS BrewTech's website daily for a week or so checking out their Brew Bucket. That is what I was intending to purchase in the upcoming month. It wasn't the Chronical, but I thought for $195 I couldn't go wrong. I checked out their Chronical and as far as conicals go the...
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    What are you drinking now?

    Oh wow, nice, nice bark on those!
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    Stinky Fermentation

    Depending on the Best Buy date of the vial you buy, according to the Mr.Malty calculator, you may need more than a single vial, based on it's creation date. I make starters for every beer I brew, but I always check the Mr.Malty calculator to determine the number of vials I need in my starter to...
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    What are you drinking now?

    Randy Mosher - Saisoon Buffoon - brewed with WLP565
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    Stinky Fermentation

    FYI - All the yeast starters I make, I give 48 hours before I end up pitching them in chilled wort. I have heard Sulfur smell is common to a lot of yeast, but will blow-off during active fermentation with a nice blow-off tube.
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    Stinky Fermentation

    What was the Best Buy date of the yeast vial you received? The past few times I have gotten yeast from my LHBS it has been over a month old. I have always pitched according to the Mr.Malty calculator, so I pitched two vial of yeast...but I wonder the age of your yeast. All the vials of yeast...
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    First Saison with WLP565

    See picture from first pour from the kegerator!
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    First Saison with WLP565

    ***UPDATE*** I just tapped my second Saison I brewed with WLP565, and it is amazing. I definitely think the holding it at ~67 for two days and ramping it up to ~80F is the key. I haven't experienced a stall in fermentation yet and still have all the wonderful funk and phenolics you'd expect...
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    First Saison with WLP565

    Though, this is one of those yeasts I think you can play with and enjoy a wide range of fermentation profiles to create different flavor profiles.
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    First Saison with WLP565

    Also, I read that because this yeast is supposedly partly from a red wine yeast it is sensitive to pressure as well. I fermented mine with a regular blow-off tube. From Experimental Homebrewing they say WLP565 needs proper pitching rate, heat, and sensitive to pressure. I hit mine with 60...
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    First Saison with WLP565

    I read and heard the ramp up from high 60s to low 70s up to 80s is the key, starting it out too hot leads to fusel alcohols and stalling
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    First Saison with WLP565

    I can't say I had anything weird or greyish stuff on the surface.
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