#### Tony B

##### Well-Known Member

This is my third batch ever and still constantly changing equipment and procedures as this journey progresses.

First batch was 5gal, all LME, IPA kit that came with a “ once used” bucket kit that I bought on OfferUp. Second batch, using the same equipment was a 5gal DME, Kölsch recipe with steeping grains from the Ballast Point website.

Now, for my third batch I have switched to BIAB. I found a great deal on a used 8gal kettle, a sous vide stick and bought a plastic Speidel 20L FV on Amazon. Sous vide stick worked great at keeping my mash within about 1 degree of my mash temp of 151* F. Since the, to the brim capacity of the FV is about 5.75gal and I’m heating on a stovetop, I decided to start with a 3gal batch of the same Kölsch recipe, but the all grain version and I scaled it down to 3gal.

At the same time, I decided to start building a yeast bank. Bought a couple flasks, a pack of WLP029, DME and some yeast nutrient. Overbuilt a starter of 1.5L. Crashed and decanted. Swirled yeast into suspension and filled 10 vials with 6ml each of the slurry and cryopreservative for freezing.

What remained was about 200ml of slurry that I poured into a sterilized 250ml flask. I put that in the fridge until brew day, a few days later. When I pulled it out, the yeast had settled to just under the 50ml line and the rest was liquid. I let it come to room temp before pitching on what turned out to be about 3.3 gal of 1.048 wort. Estimated OG was 1.052, so I figured my efficiency was not great, but fine.

This recipe says to ferment for 10 days, then add optional dry hop and ferment another 6 days.

I was really surprised on brew day that I started seeing some bubbles after 3 hours and it was going to town after 4 hours.

That was Saturday night. I hadn’t seen much activity in a day or two, so last night decided to take a gravity reading. 1.006. . I did the dry hop addition and will probably bottle on Monday or Tuesday night. About 1/2 the expected time.

Recipe says 1.012 FG, which is closer to what I got the first time around with pitching a full pack of WLP029.

I’m thinking I either over pitched or maybe had better than normal conversion in my mash? Any thoughts?

First batch was 5gal, all LME, IPA kit that came with a “ once used” bucket kit that I bought on OfferUp. Second batch, using the same equipment was a 5gal DME, Kölsch recipe with steeping grains from the Ballast Point website.

Now, for my third batch I have switched to BIAB. I found a great deal on a used 8gal kettle, a sous vide stick and bought a plastic Speidel 20L FV on Amazon. Sous vide stick worked great at keeping my mash within about 1 degree of my mash temp of 151* F. Since the, to the brim capacity of the FV is about 5.75gal and I’m heating on a stovetop, I decided to start with a 3gal batch of the same Kölsch recipe, but the all grain version and I scaled it down to 3gal.

At the same time, I decided to start building a yeast bank. Bought a couple flasks, a pack of WLP029, DME and some yeast nutrient. Overbuilt a starter of 1.5L. Crashed and decanted. Swirled yeast into suspension and filled 10 vials with 6ml each of the slurry and cryopreservative for freezing.

What remained was about 200ml of slurry that I poured into a sterilized 250ml flask. I put that in the fridge until brew day, a few days later. When I pulled it out, the yeast had settled to just under the 50ml line and the rest was liquid. I let it come to room temp before pitching on what turned out to be about 3.3 gal of 1.048 wort. Estimated OG was 1.052, so I figured my efficiency was not great, but fine.

This recipe says to ferment for 10 days, then add optional dry hop and ferment another 6 days.

I was really surprised on brew day that I started seeing some bubbles after 3 hours and it was going to town after 4 hours.

That was Saturday night. I hadn’t seen much activity in a day or two, so last night decided to take a gravity reading. 1.006. . I did the dry hop addition and will probably bottle on Monday or Tuesday night. About 1/2 the expected time.

Recipe says 1.012 FG, which is closer to what I got the first time around with pitching a full pack of WLP029.

I’m thinking I either over pitched or maybe had better than normal conversion in my mash? Any thoughts?

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