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Old 19-10-2017, 06:23 PM   #21
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How does the recultured ESB yeast compare with the dried ESB yeast you can buy, or should I say, is the dried stuff anything like the real stuff that you recultured?
I've never used the dry ESB yeast but from what I've read, no, it's not really like the real deal
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I'll have to give re- culturing a go then; I've successfully done it with Cooper's before, and did enjoy it. Can I ask a question, is there any advantage to using the dregs from a few bottles at the same time? I'm thinking I would be prepared to undertake the great sacrifice of drinking a few in order to improve my chances of success. I'm good like that.
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I'll have to give re- culturing a go then; I've successfully done it with Cooper's before, and did enjoy it. Can I ask a question, is there any advantage to using the dregs from a few bottles at the same time? I'm thinking I would be prepared to undertake the great sacrifice of drinking a few in order to improve my chances of success. I'm good like that.
Of course, if you use the dregs from more bottles you'll have more 'seed' yeast to culture up
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I shall be putting the Gales yeast into this Ordinary Bitter recipe I created. Note the modest late addition as I hopefully will be getting lots of dundee cake flavour esters and I dont want to overwhelm any ester flavours with hops

Gales Ordinary 10L

Original Gravity (OG): 1.039 (°P): 9.8
Final Gravity (FG): 1.010 (°P): 2.6
Alcohol (ABV): 3.83 %
Colour (SRM): 6.6 (EBC): 12.9
Bitterness (IBU): 22.9 (Average)

Pale Irish Malt 1.3kg
Flaked Barley 130g
Biscuit 100g
Crystal 60L 80g

10g Magnum (11.1% Alpha) @ 30 Minutes (Boil)
4g East Kent Golding (6.5% Alpha) @ 5 Minutes (Boil)


Single step Infusion at 66°C for 30 Minutes. Boil for 30 Minutes

Fermented at 23°C for 24hours then 20C for the rest of fermentation
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Excellent little film about the now defunct Gales brewery - complete with steam powered grain mill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zw4bqeyKLc
just about the best brewing film Ive seen
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The Timothy Taylor one is good too

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nice video,as well. Interesting that they use golden promise as do Gales.
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So I pitched this bad boy about 12 o'clock today. Yesterday, the yeast seemed to have finished in the starter so I left it overnight without shaking it in the evening or morning. This yeast seems quite flocculant and mostly had settled out without the need for me to put it in the fridge to crash it out of the spent wort. So I poured most of the spent wort off and give it a good swirl and pitched

As mentioned earlier in the thread, the fermentation schedule is 23.5C for 24 hours then 20C for the rest of the fermentation. My kitching floor was close to 23C ambient which means during during fermentation the yeast would push the temp up to (Im guessing ) about 25C. So I chilled the wort down to 21C and put the FV in my BrewBag with a 2L ice bottle.

It's currently sitting at about 21C and has just started to ferment
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The brew had a krausen after about 9 hours. I've just added some more ice bottle to take it down to about19C ambient.
I also harvested 250ml of fermenting wort from just below the krausen. This will ferment out and settle out to a nice amount of yeast to put into a starter next time I want to use this strain.
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Well, this is definately a top cropping strain. When I harvested some yeast from below the krausen yesterday, the krausen was white and fluffy. This morning the krausen had changed and was creamy coloured and quite dense. Now this evening the cente of the krausen has grown and squashed itself up against the cling film I put on top of the FV. I'm hoping the krausen doesnt grow any more else it'll escape out of the FV and into the brew bag
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