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  1. Feb 5, 2018 #81

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    I've had two stouts slow down like that and after leaving them in the FV for two weeks they both turned out to be stuck.

    I now take a look at the brew after a week and gently press the top of the FV. I assume that all of my FV's leak a tiny amount around the rim, so if the bubbles immediately come out of the tube in the blow-off bottle I know that it's still fermenting a bit and probably won't stick.

    It isn't an infallible method but it does give me a heads-up for brews that may be sticking .:gulp:
     
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    Cheers Dutto good advice. Have had a few stuck stouts. Had 3 in a row finish at 1018. This yeast will be finished though confident in that. Wont have any trouble with a low ABV beer and its fermenting at 36c, no sorry make that 39c. Fermentation appears to have stopped so will bottle it Wednesday. This yeast flocs into big lumps as well. Just let it drop to garage temps and bottle.
     
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    Doing one of my favourite beers again a kolsch. Nice and simple recipe

    25l
    5kg bohemian pilsner
    300g melanoidin
    18g Magnum 11% FWH
    40g saaz 3% @15
    40g saaz 3% @0

    Large wlp0029 starter
    fermenting at around 13c.
     
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    Ended up a bit short of wort, only got 21l OG 1048. Forgotten to get the starter on the go so will be using 2 packs of cml kolsch. I also forgot to stop the pump before i mashed in and forgot to turn of the heat while i was lautering so the bottom few inches were boiled. Luckily the false bottom prevents the grain from overheating. I definitely need to start doing double batches of this beer, maybe split the yeast or at least ferment 30l.
     
  5. Mar 26, 2018 #85

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    Ive just bought the cml Kolsch yeast, I take it it’s decent and even needing two packets is still cheap
     
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    Hi mate. Its a very good yeast. The last kolsch i made i pitched onto a cml kolsch yeast cake and it went nuts at 14c. The only reason i am using fresh yeast is because the other batch is still cold crashing. Its certainly comparable to WLP0029 imho although i have not used it as much as the cml. If you going to ferment lower than 17c i would use 2 packs. and raise it at the end. Best of luck.
     
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    Doing a SMASH today;

    Lager 5%ABV
    26 IBU
    SRM 3

    6kg Barke pilsner malt
    50g saaz 4.7AA FWH
    30g Saaz @10
    50g Saaz @ flameout
    chilled immediately no hop stand

    The Barke malt is meant to be really aromatic and malty so looking forward to trying it
     
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    Decided to do a step mash
    62c for 45m
    68c for 45m
    75c mashout 10m

    The new bag seems to of improved circulation. Cheers @AdeDunn
     
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    Recirculating like a dream. Temp is holding to within 0.2c and the pump is at half throttle. The wort had started to clear after 30mins so i gave it a good stir and put the grain plate in (Ikea splatter guard). Mash is a little thin hence the longer time.
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    Good to read that the bag has helped bud. athumb.. I might use mine again one day, but liking the finer one at the moment, less trub in the pan even if it was at the costs of having to run the pump at a reduced flow. lol That bags makes a fantastic hop bag for whole hops too by the way!
     
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    Cheers Ade. I did have more crud on the bottom after the mash so i had to empty it and clean. Still a lot less stress when the pump runs smoothly. I still did not manage crystal clear wort although it was not bad. I don't ever remember not getting a decent cold break though. I have the feeling this beer wont clear very well but will see what the wort is like tomorrow after its finished chilling. I suppose if its really cloudy i can always hop it in the keg.
     
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    Yesterday i chilled the wort to about 45c before i put it in the cube in the fridge. Happy to say today the wort was clear and the break had settled to the bottom! Pitched 2 packs of MJ Bavarian and set the fridge to 8c.
     
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    I thought this thread had been deleted but here it is.
    This is a Czech pale Lager. For me this beer is almost perfect, need to brew this again asap.
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    Looks proper bo that!
     
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    Cheers, this is Pilsner. Malt forward, bready, lightly hopped, medium to high bitterness which fades of smoothl. Mashed low and crisp . So addicted to Lager panicking because I only have 3 in fermentors.
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    I bought myself a Fermonster so i could finally see for myself how fast my lagers clear. After 3 days at -0.5c not much had happened. I added some beer brite and was expecting clear beer the next morning. After about another 3 days it had cleared but also started to freeze so i took it out of the fridge for 24 hours before kegging.
    Its really nice and clear now, first time i have used CML Helles yeast and my first decoction. And the first time i have used a blow off tube connected to a bag to prevent suckback.
    Siphoning from this was a nightmare though. Could not get the lid off and did not want to risk disturbing the sediment so have to remove the bung and tape it all in place.
    Looking forward to trying this tomorrow.
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    This is a Helles i kegged a few days ago brewed with Crossmyloof Helles yeast. I am really pleased with this, cleaned up well, no esters and crisp. Only 4%. Excuse the filthy glass.
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    Looks very nice. What recipe did you use? Getting a Czech pilsner to taste like a Czech pilsner (rather than a German pilsner) is a bit of a Holy Grail for me.
     
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    It's 10% biscuit and pilsner malt. I use floor malted bohemian and a bit of acid malt. RO water 50ppm of chloride and mash at 67c. I go for about 30IBU with Saaz and ferment at 10c. FWH, a 15 minute addition and flamout.
    OG around 1040. If you want it stronger reduce the biscuit malt and maybe mash a bit lower.
     
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