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#1 matt6150

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 10:08 AM

Well I'm ashamed to say I haven't brewed since August 12th. I feel like I don't even know how to. Things have been busy for me and yeah that's a sad excuse, I don't even have kids! I haven't even really popped into the brewery forum at all in months. Anyway I plan on brewing on Sunday. Before I stopped last summer I had bought a pack of the Bayern yeast everyone was talking about at the time to make a Dunkel. Now I'm not really feeling that and need something else to brew. The question is should I even take the time trying to wake this yeast up(dated 7/28/18) or just go grab something else? Also what to brew with the Bayern if I stick to it. I would like something a little lighter with some moderate hops. I only have some Swaen Pils as a base to work with, but plenty of other stuff like Vienna, Munich and other stuff. So what do you guys think? I feel like a newb.


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#2 Zsasz

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 10:16 AM

you can make a starter and see if it wakes up and smells reasonable???  that's an option.

 

 

as for a beer you can make:  use the pils you've got along with some vienna.  you have any carapils?  I might throw a little of that in.  hop with some contenential hops or maybe an american equivalent.  what have you got for specialty grains and hops?


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Posted 25 January 2019 - 11:00 AM

90% Pils 

10% Munich

 

30-35 IBU 

 

Nobel hop of your choice at 15,10,0/wp

 

Or a nice easy Helles or rye pils.  All will work good with that yeast.

 

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#4 SchwanzBrewer

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 11:53 AM

Its 8 bucks for fresh yeast. Unless you get off on the geekery of bringing that old yeast back to life and nuturing it, then its really not worth the time and effort.
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Posted 25 January 2019 - 12:14 PM

Matt, our little brotherhood here is all about the Vienna Lager.  A nice simple recipe to dip your toes in and a super enjoyable lager to boot.


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#6 matt6150

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 04:13 PM

90% Pils 

10% Munich

 

30-35 IBU 

 

Nobel hop of your choice at 15,10,0/wp

I think something like this sounds perfect. I may try those Edelweiss hops from Ted. I liked the Rye idea but don't have any right now

 

Its 8 bucks for fresh yeast. Unless you get off on the geekery of bringing that old yeast back to life and nuturing it, then its really not worth the time and effort.

Yeah it's not about the money. If I could pay $10 and have this yeast magically be fresh I would. Just can't get much for yeast around here and definitely not Bayern.

 

Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I got the brewing wheels turning again.


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Posted 25 January 2019 - 05:12 PM

I think something like this sounds perfect. I may try those Edelweiss hops from Ted. I liked the Rye idea but don't have any right now

Yeah it's not about the money. If I could pay $10 and have this yeast magically be fresh I would. Just can't get much for yeast around here and definitely not Bayern.

Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I got the brewing wheels turning again.


Funny, I just had a sample of the edelweiss beer and while it needs to carb a bit more I really like it. Very good Nobel character from them.
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#8 matt6150

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 05:48 PM

Funny, I just had a sample of the edelweiss beer and while it needs to carb a bit more I really like it. Very good Nobel character from them.

Cool, I will give it a go for sure.
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Posted 27 January 2019 - 10:35 AM

Well this Bayern yeast is a no go. I picked up some Mangrove Jacks's M54 yesterday on a whim. Hopefully that wasn't a mistake. Anyone with some experience with that yeast?


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Posted 27 January 2019 - 11:44 AM

Well this Bayern yeast is a no go. I picked up some Mangrove Jacks's M54 yesterday on a whim. Hopefully that wasn't a mistake. Anyone with some experience with that yeast?


Have not used that particular one but the Mangrove Jack's yeast I have used took a bit longer to start so just keep that in mind.
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#11 matt6150

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Posted 27 January 2019 - 12:28 PM

Have not used that particular one but the Mangrove Jack's yeast I have used took a bit longer to start so just keep that in mind.

Ok, thanks. Will update with my experience.

 

All cleaned up and in the fermenter.


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Posted 27 January 2019 - 01:36 PM

I think something like this sounds perfect. I may try those Edelweiss hops from Ted. I liked the Rye idea but don't have any right now

 

Yeah it's not about the money. If I could pay $10 and have this yeast magically be fresh I would. Just can't get much for yeast around here and definitely not Bayern.

 

Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I got the brewing wheels turning again.

 

ah - I thought you were low on pils and would need to use more vienna/munich for base malt.  enjoy your fermentation.  one of my favorite parts of the process!


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Posted 27 January 2019 - 02:45 PM

Congratulations on your back to brewing brew! I know I felt relieved after I brewed again and tapped the beer. It really is satisfying and gives you something to focus on rather the rest of the crap in life.


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#14 matt6150

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 08:53 PM

Well I didn't get a very accurate time on when the M54 yeast took off. At the 24 hour mark there was no activity. I didn't look again until the 48 hour mark and it was rolling along pretty good. So somewhere between 24 and 48 hours.
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Posted 30 January 2019 - 04:16 AM

Well I didn't get a very accurate time on when the M54 yeast took off. At the 24 hour mark there was no activity. I didn't look again until the 48 hour mark and it was rolling along pretty good. So somewhere between 24 and 48 hours.


36 is what I remember but at least it is going for you.
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Posted 30 January 2019 - 05:10 AM

Well I didn't get a very accurate time on when the M54 yeast took off. At the 24 hour mark there was no activity. I didn't look again until the 48 hour mark and it was rolling along pretty good. So somewhere between 24 and 48 hours.

 

that's within what I would consider common.


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