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  1. D

    The Second Tier: The Four Most Effective, yet Inexpensive Upgrades for Beginners

    We can look at each homebrewer as belonging to one of three 'tiers' of brewing operational abilities. In the first tier is the novice, partial boil, extract brewer, while on the other extreme, the third tier, is a brewer with a seemingly complicated all grain system of pumps and gadgets. Great...
  2. D

    The Second Tier: The Four Most Effective, yet Inexpensive Upgrades for Beginners

    We can look at each homebrewer as belonging to one of three 'tiers' of brewing operational abilities. In the first tier is the novice, partial boil, extract brewer, while on the other extreme, the third tier, is a brewer with a seemingly complicated all grain system of pumps and gadgets. Great...
  3. AnbyG

    Very fast fermentation of (almost) all wheat beer with yeast starter of Safale WB-06

    Last weekend I attempted to brew an (almost) all wheat beer utilizing some leftover grains/extract to clear up some space in the pantry. Long story short, I did not have enough ice to throw in wort to cool it down rapidly to 70 F. So I left it at room temperature overnight (~18 hours) to cool...
  4. Pyg

    WLP001 starter?

    Making SNPA clone (with few tweaks) 5 gall 10# two row .75 # Carmel 60 Brewers friend has the SG at 1.060 with 75% efficiency. I use BIAB and usually hit this target. Using WLP001 yeast Never used this yeast before. LHBS said I shouldn’t need a starter, however with my lack of ability to go...
  5. T

    Looking to brew a Pilsner... do I need to cold crash?

    Hi all, I am attempting to rekindle my home brewing hobby after a year long hiatus due to work and life in general! If I'm pulling away any positives from the current state of affairs in the world, its that it will give me more time to home-brew! I have only done about 4 brews now, so I am...
  6. tarcrarc

    Ease My Worries

    I am stepping up a yeast starter using Propper Starter cans (for the first time). After completing the first starter (used distilled water) I cold crashed it. After decanting, I added another can of starter for the step up. However, it requires a full can of water to get to 1040. Being out of...
  7. Iowa Brewer

    Yeast Starter Cold-Crash Suction

    Hi all! About to cold crash a German lager yeast-starter in my fermentation chamber to get ready for brew day. Do any of you worry about sanitation with the suction that is created by cooling it down? Should I do something to protect the little yeasties from bugs? Thanks!
  8. A

    Yeast starter for a barleywine

    So I made a few litres of sweet wort the other day and froze it.. og 1.042 with the intent to boil, cool, and pitch for a starter as needed. I will be using white labs super high gravity for the starter for a barleywine and was curious of the best approach. Now my preference is to not pitch all...
  9. LloydGM

    Combine several smaller yeast starter batches instead of 1 big one?

    I was reading on BeerSmith about how the larger starting volume of a yeast starter, a sort of "law of diminishing returns" kicks in, so it's harder to get a starter's cell count to, say, 500 billion because it'd require too much starting liquid. The article--and elsewhere--mentioned doing...
  10. LloydGM

    Advice on reusing yeast for a 2nd batch?

    I've been reading (too much, I think) about reusing yeast for a 2nd (or more) batch of the same lager. I'm new at this, so could use a bit of advice from y'all experts. :) My plan (is it viable?): Brew Marzen batch #1, recover yeast & trudge from primary, wash*, store the yeast until bottling...
  11. NWOKBrewer

    Scaling up recipe for larger brew and yeast question. Help!

    Sorry all...that's the best title I could think of. :) Here's my question: I have a recipe for a 5.5g fermentor volume. I'd like to increase that to 7ish. Is there a calculator out there? I've looked, but can't find one that does that. Here are some stats on the recipe & equipment. Keggles for...
  12. Iowa Brewer

    Milled Grain Lifespan?

    Hey all, Yesterday (Thursday) I had malt milled and began my first lager-yeast starter. With ales I start the night before and have high kreuzen for a midday pitch by the following day. This morning, after noticing no discernible activity, I read that lager starters should sit on the stir...
  13. U

    Illinois SOLD

    Purging unused equipment, make an offer if you buy the whole lot, $150 for everything (over $250 in equipment) pictures of each item below: Maelstrom stir plate 2 50mm stir bars 1 50mm stir bar 2 2000mL Erlenmeyer flasks with stoppers 1 5000mL Erlenmeyer flask (wide mouth stopper from 2000mL...
  14. beervoid

    Calculating yeast starter viability.

    Hi everyone. I'm overbuilding my starters in order to keep some for a next brew. Now I could find multiple calculators online to calculate the viability of dated commercial packaged yeasts but none that give you the viability of a starter. I usually use my starter within a few days but what...
  15. Washington_Brewologist

    Yeast starter seems to have finished the fermentation way quicker than anticipated...

    So I'm new to using yeast starters and I pitched my first one into an Irish Red that I brewed on Monday 7/2. I was pleasantly surprised to see how vigorous the fermentation was @ 7 hours into it and by 20 there was about a 4-inch krausen. Now on day 4, there is barely any activity coming from...
  16. Washington_Brewologist

    Yeast Starter Questions!

    So I'm going on my tenth batch of homebrew and finally picked up all of the things needed to make a proper yeast starter. It's spinning away right behind me as we speak. I think I might have made an error in calculating the size needed to fully ferment my beer. Beersmith is telling me I need...
  17. B

    Omega OYL-605 yeast starters - scaling up from 5g to 10g batches

    What’s up B’s and G’s. Looking to scale up kettle sours from 5 gallon to 10 gallon batches. I typically follow Omega’s directions for 5 gallon batches. 1 liter starters at 1.040 for wort that is 1.033 OG. I’ve read that Lance Shaner from Omega said that one liter starters would effectively sour...
  18. K

    Imperial Yeast A38 Juice

    So I'm a fairly new homebrewer, using Imperial Yeast's A38 Juice for an NEIPA this weekend for the first time. I'm wondering if I should propagate a starter for it? My target post boil OG is 1.067. I appreciate any help!
  19. Bubbles2

    Yeast Harvest is this right?

    Thanks for looking in: I followed this link to wash the yeast- https://www.brewersfriend.com/2010/01/30/yeast-washing-101/ The pic is my version of pic 6 in the link which is the end result of washing 1/3 of the Trub from my last harvest in a 1/2 gallon Jar and this is what I am left with...
  20. daytondave

    Yeast starter is dark brown?

    I made a starter about 12 hours ago with White Labs (530) Abby Ale Yeast and I am a bit concerned. The color is dark brown. I have never seen a started of this color/dark before. I'm hoping that when I wake up in the morning it has lightened and I can see the flocculating yeast, but I am...
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