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Archive for the ‘Yeast Cultures’ Category

White Labs WLP300 Yeast Review

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

White Labs has always been a favorite of mine, no matter the yeast variety, they produce excellent beer and are very reliable yeasts. Aside from the fact that you get a great product, you get a really cool test tube looking vial that is already labeled, which you can ...

How To Make a Yeast Starter (OG 1.040)

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Creating a simple starter can help assure viability of your yeast prior to brew day, it can also work very effectively to increase the yeast cell count so that you do not under pitch (too few yeast cells) your brew. Under pitching can stress your yeast, impede a healthy fermentation, ...

Yeast terminology attenuation and flocculation

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Flocculation describes the process of yeast sticking and clumping together once all the nutrients have been used. As the yeast gathers, they become too heavy to remain in suspension in the beer, and fall to the bottom of the fermenter, mixing with the sediment and nutrients. Home-brewed beer can use ...

Yeasts the difference between ale and lager

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Beer snobs will insist that there are truly only two types of beer: ales & lagers. While it’s amusing to hear them explain why a German Dopplebock is a lager while a Wietzenbock is an ale, the truth is that they’re not actually talking about flavors or styles, but yeasts. ...

White Labs Burton Ale Yeast or Wyeast Thames Valley

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Earlier this year I brewed 3 pale ales with WLP023 Burton Ale Yeast. According to mrmalty, it is the same Wyeast strain as: 1275 Thames Valley Ale Yeast. I had success with this strain, and propagated it a few times without any problems. The beer is excellent ...

Money Saving Tips – Repitching Yeast

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Update 11/12/2011: Check out the article on Bad Batches to see why you might want to avoid re-pitching yeast, or if you do so, make sure to understand the risks involved. Did you know you can save ~10% on your next batch of home brew by re-pitching yeast? Some brewers buy new yeast ...

Expired yeast was a dud

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

I have only had one bad experience with expired yeast. It was White Labs Southern German Lager. I found out after I got home it was about 6 months out of date!  I made up a normal starter using a half pound of DME and 4 pints of water (half ...

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