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SouthOfSouth
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Bottled up my trial christmas ale last night...

My mash tun broke when I was mashing so I didn't get all the sugar out that I wanted, but Im hoping for the best...



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I've had trouble in the past, but my last few times I used dry yeast it took off overnight. Belle Saison and S-04. I used to get long lag times with Notty. Haven't used that in years since they had a few bad batches come out.



I keep some S-04 in my fridge just in case.


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mash tun broke



How'd that happen?


SouthOfSouth
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How'd that happen?


It was the first time I had moved to a 10 gallon igloo and I moved my false bottom from my 5 gallon into it. It works fine in the 10 gallon, however I didn't have the pipes attached well enough and when I was stirring my sparge water a connection came undone. Stupid mistake. So I had to try and siphon out liquid because I had grains blocking mash flow.

Live and learn.


s14suspense
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I keep some S-04 in my fridge just in case.



How long will that stuff last. I've kept a s-05 in my freezer for a long time just in case something happened. Been a year or two now though.


LSUGrad00
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I think dry yeast will last a year or two. There should be an expiration date stamped on the back.

I always try and keep some on hand 'just in case' too.


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Fratastic423
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I use dry yeast a lot actually. I keep it in the fridge and try to remember to rehydrate it before tossing it in. I have never had a problem with it at all. Typically takes off quickly with a short fermentation time.


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Anyone else have bad luck with dry yeast?


I use it exclusively, mainly because I don't trust liquid yeast to be shipped during the hot months, nor do I have a local source for any. Not driving down to Brewstock in New Orleans just for yeast. Maybe I'll start using liquid once LA Homebrew gets up and running.


LSUGrad00
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well shite.. It sounds like I'm just doing something wrong with the dry yeast.


s14suspense
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I'll start using liquid once LA Homebrew gets up and running.


Yes indeed. That will be very nice. I've already spent >$50 there.


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Zappas Stache
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when I was stirring my sparge water a connection came undone.


Happened to me once. I dumped the whole thing into my kettle, re-attached the hose and dumped it back into the tun.


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BugAC
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mainly because I don't trust liquid yeast to be shipped during the hot months, nor do I have a local source for any. Not driving down to Brewstock in New Orleans just for yeast. Maybe I'll start using liquid once LA Homebrew gets up and running.


I only use Liquid yeast. I get it from Austin Homebrew, and never had a problem with utilization even during the hot summer months. However, i do make a starter for every brew, with the liquid yeast and add some yeast nutrient. I don't trust dry yeast to work right away, even when rehydrated.

My last starter for White Labs Irish Ale was so vigorous that my starter had a blowoff. And then 1.5 days after pitching, i had an epic blowff even with a blowoff tube attached. I lost 1/5 gallon of beer due to blowoff.

I prefer white labs, as well, for my starters, compared to wyeast.


SouthOfSouth
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It sounds like I'm just doing something wrong with the dry yeast.


I feel like I've had better luck with dry than liquid. I make sure to re hydrate and stir into my beer, and I normally get good fermentation relatively quickly.


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BugAC
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Also, i've made the decision to hold off and brew next weekend.

Brewing my kalaidescope of hops, christmas IPA. Mosaic, Chinook, Cascade, Simcoe.

Will probably make a starter Thursday and brew next saturday.

This weekend, i'll be making a smoked duck/smoked chicken and andouille gumbo.


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New brew kettle. 52q. My MIL got it for me. Hand made from a guy in San Fran.


Zappas Stache
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New brew kettle


Nice. No valve?


LSURoss
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No. Would of been cool, but she bought it for me with no input from me. I thought she did good!


Zappas Stache
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I thought she did good!


yep. and its easy to add a valve.


LSURoss
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Still relatively new to brewing, but the valve would aide in racking to the carboy, right?


Zappas Stache
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but the valve would aide in racking to the carboy, right?


Yea. Set the kettle higher and and just drain it into the carboy. A Step drill bit is all you need to drill the hole.

Here is a pic tutorial.

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Weldless Bulk Head Fitting and Ball valve


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