A nice no drama brew day. I brewed a “leftovers” pale ale of stuff I had around: Maris otter, 40-60L malt, carapils, and Safale US-05 yeast. Brewers gold and cascade for hops, a first wort addition of my cascade hops. I hit the OG of 1.047, and am looking at around 4.8% ABV.
After two weeks fermenting I moved the Flying Dog K-9 Winter Ale to a secondary. It will sit for ten days at 50 degrees, then bottled and rest for about four weeks. It should be ready for Thanksgiving. It finished at 1.011 for an ABV of 7.3%.
Brewing the Flying Dog K-9 Winter Ale Stove Topper kit. It smells great. I think I’m going to adjust my grain crusher. The pre-crushed grain in the kit was a little finer then I usually crush.
The tropical white IPA I brewed, recipe from the last Zymurgy magazine, turned out great. Mine came in a little over 5% ABV though. I love the thick head a wheat beer gives.
Thoughts on WLP090 San Diego Super Yeast
I’m putting this out for anyone interested in using this yeast. As advertised it knocked the wort to FG very quickly, my white IPA finished in 5 days. I left it sitting at 66 degrees for another 9 days because there was quite a bit of yeast still in suspension.
Yesterday I cleaned and sanitized my keg, and when I opened the fermenter there was still a little yeast suspended on top. I went ahead and kegged it anyway thinking it will drop in the keg, which I have set at 37 degrees. If I was bottling I would have cold crashed it for a few days to drop the yeast.
The small sample I tasted was good, a lot of hop flavor, but I’ll hold judgement until next weekend when it’s carbonated. I don’t think I’ll use this yeast again unless I’m in a big hurry to get a beer out there. WLP001 has been a go to yeast for me on these styles, and It always has flocculated well. I’ll see when I taste it if I change my mind.
Went to the store to get materials for brewing a Dunkelweizen next weekend. I went with WLP300 yeast instead of WLP380 because it gives off less clove taste. I’m kegging the white IPA later today, so when this is kegged it will be the first time I’ve had wheat beers in both kegs.
It’s hard to get to temp when it’s 90 degrees outside.
10 minutes into a 75 minute boil. I can’t remember the last time I made a wheat beer.
I’m brewing the Tropical Session White IPA from the latest Zymurgy magazine today. I like the hop combination. All but the Warrior go in at flameout. I’ve never used the WL San Diego Super yeast before, but I’ve heard good things. I’m going to ferment around 65-66 degrees.
Done! Tastes good. I hit my ABV of 4.7. It’s got a little sweetness like an English brown session. Carbonation should cut that a little.