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  1. Jiggoloh

    Why is my yeast freezing weird?

    Hello everyone! I'm new to yeast banking and for the first time I tried freezing yeast. I made a starter, used sterilized equipment and 25% glycol solution. I did not freez in alcohol, though. I used a thermobag and freezing took more than 4 days. Yet one of the vials froze in some weird...
  2. C

    Yeast Recs?

    I'm going to start my second batch of cider in a few weeks and I'm curious to try a different yeast than I did last year. Before I used a cider yeast. What is a yeast that would be good for sweetness and apple flavor? And is something that is easy to work with for beginners? I've read about...
  3. J

    Bottling Mulled Wine

    Hi people, my name is Josef and I'm new to the group. Although winemaking is a super interesting subject until now I haven't practically made wine from scratch. I have a question regarding making ready-made and bottled mulled wine. I bought ready-made full-bodied wine and the plan is to peel...
  4. MikeScott

    Advanced Yeast Starter Techniques

    In the last 3 years, I've had a really significant jump in the quality of my beers, and I've attributed it primarily to great yeast health and viability. As the saying goes, brewers make wort, yeast make beer. There's a crazy amount of information out there about yeast health and starters, and...
  5. Fern0022

    Cider Bottle Carb Issue

    I’m having issues with my cider bottles carbing. I used fresh grolsch flip top bottles and one plastic coke bottle (w/hot glue) to gauge the average pressure. After 10 days the coke bottle had not firmed up. I popped one of the glass bottles and it’s flat. It’s darn good and strong, but I prefer...
  6. TheKveiking

    Blending Yeast

    Hello everyone, I am wondering if there is any benefit from blending two yeast strains together. A little background, I am making a Kentucky Common as well as just experimenting with yeast. I’m following a recipe with everything except the yeast, which calls for US-05. I was curious if I could...
  7. Garrett_McT

    Lager Fermentation Gravity Reading Anomaly

    HBT Community, I have experienced a weird anomaly while monitoring the temperature of my lager fermentation. White Labs German Lager Yeast WLP830. I have been monitoring the wort/fermenting beer temperature periodically, while also continuously monitoring the ambient fridge temperature through...
  8. Garrett_McT

    Diacetyl Rest: High Temperatures

    Dear HBT community, This is my first post and of course it is a problem related to brewing! I am currently fermenting a Marzen beer for my Oktoberfest party and started performing my diacetyl rest for the WLP830 strain White Labs German Lager Yeast I used. Sadly I had to start my diacetyl rest...
  9. G

    Restarting a stalled fermentation with bottle trub?

    TLDR: Could I use the trub from the bottom of carbonated beer bottles to restart a stalled fermentation in another batch? (Instead of racking on top of a yeast cake, which I don't currently have). Hey! I recently brewed 5L of stout (OG:1.089, Yeast:S-04), and after two weeks fermentation should...
  10. BryanEBIAB

    Storing Used Lager Yeast

    I’ve been trying my hand at the “continuous use” method of refilling my uncleaned fermenter immediately after emptying it (loving it!). My problem is my fermentation temperature control still needs work so as summer warms up, I want insurance in case my yeast get stressed and I didn’t want to...
  11. K

    Do my scobies have mould?

    Greetings friends, I have 2 bottles containing scobies which I last fed with green tea in October 2020 but kept them (scoby hotel) in a dark container and today (1 June 2021), I finally took them out wanting to make a fresh batch of Kombucha, however I noticed that on the top layer of both...
  12. BrewBuilder19

    Dieter G03 - Ester Beer

    Hi All, I am in the middle of brewing a Kolsch and used Imperial's G03 Dieter Strain. I pitched a 1.5L starter at 60 degrees in 5G batch after aerating for a solid 90 seconds with pure O2. Once airlock activity slowed (around 4 days) I let the temp rise to about 68 which took a couple days...
  13. pharaohpierre

    Thoughts on Saison/Farmhouse Yeast

    Hey everyone, I have a few years of brewing under my belt, but I have never tried to brew a saison and I love that style of beer. I was thinking of doing a dry, slightly peppery and citrus version with maybe some hop presence to it as well since I am a hop head. Either way, it doesn't have to be...
  14. D

    Bottling year old beer. Yeast help?

    Hey yall, Getting back into after a near year long hiatus. Firstly, I'm wanting to bottle a cream ale I've had in the primary for 325 days lol. I imagine all the yeast is dead . I bought a packet of us-05. Should I add tiny bit of yeast to each bottle or to the bottling bucket? I know it may not...
  15. yungalb

    Brownish yeast after starter

    Hello fellow brewers. Pitched half of my lager starter into a German Pilsner yesterday, and the other half into a jar to keep in the fridge, like I usually do. But today when I checked the jar, I noticed it was browner than the rest of my yeast. See photo of WLP028 and this yeast for...
  16. Stonks

    Hi everyone, I am looking to brew a skeeter pee without a slurry

    I will follow the recipe on this website exactly, with the exception of the Yeast Slurry. I would like to use Lalvin EC-1118 yeast packets instead. I was looking at alternative solutions and searched elsewhere on the message boards, but couldn't really find a definitive answer. I'm not...
  17. AntDoctor

    Michigan Looking for yeast strains from the now-defunct Craft Cultures company in Michigan

    I'll be living in Michigan this summer, and I want to make a Michigan brew that's VERY Michigan-focused. Through my searches, I learned that Michigan used to have its own yeast company, but it seems that it must have closed during the pandemic or something. I know this is a longshot, but I'm...
  18. Sergiy

    Frozen wlp yeast

    Hi everyone, I put my wlp yeast in freezer by mistake and pack was there for about 2 week. Do I have a chance with a starter or they are dead?
  19. Sr_X

    How to start brewing cider

    Hello there. I am absolutely new to the brewing world, however I would ardently like to prepare my own cider. Short story, I lived on a country where finding cider was easy, and then after a few years, the situation changed and the country where I am located now has a lot of fruits, but...
  20. S

    Sour tasting ciders and mead. What gives?

    Hi guys. So all ciders and even mead came out SOUR tasting. They are dry as i used Montrachet yeast. I even tried Premier Blanc and both yield dry but SOUR taste. I'm ok with dry but sour taste notes bother a bit. I am looking for opposite of that, slightly sweet. Same thing happened with my...