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I have been a homebrewer for over 15 years and 440 batches. I'm a BJCP National judge and a member of the Governing Committee of the American Homebrewers Assoc.


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comment using champagne yeast as a secondary yeast for fermentation?
BTW, fermentation is misspelled in the tag above. Anybody know how to fix that?
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comment using champagne yeast as a secondary yeast for fermentation?
Yes, I've used some and tasted beers made with others. None impressed me as making a good beer. Turbo distiller's yeast just didn't taste good and the White Labs high gravity yeast didn't perform well and left funky flavors. I've made beers up to 14% ABV with standard beer yeast, pitched in large healthy amounts. If for some reason you want to go above that, then I guess you need to do something else.
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answered using champagne yeast as a secondary yeast for fermentation?
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answered Overly Active Fermentation
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comment How to ferment on the last batches yeast cake?
ROT=Rule Of Thumb
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revised What effect does cooling, then warming have on finished beer?
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comment How to ferment on the last batches yeast cake?
The OG stepup "rule" is just a myth. You can certainly reuse yeast in a lower gravity beer...I've done it often. The problem is reusing yeast from a high gravity fermentation. The fact that you have activity after 12 hours is no indication that the yeast will give you a full, healthy fermentation. They might, but it's a chance I prefer not to take. That's why I recommend using part of the slurry to create a new starter.
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answered Adding Sugar to Secondary to Create a Layer of CO2?
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answered How to ferment on the last batches yeast cake?
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comment Possible Stuck Fermentation
You'd have to make a very big starter. Based on the fact that it's an extract/specialty grain batch, I think the most likely thing is that it's finished.
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answered Possible Stuck Fermentation
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answered How does oat malt work for steeping?
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answered Will my session beer be OK for 5-6 weeks in primary?
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comment after fermentation (carboy) if I put it in the fridge what do with the air-lock?
It's called "pragmatism"....you think about the results you want and take the most direct steps to achieve those results.
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answered after fermentation (carboy) if I put it in the fridge what do with the air-lock?
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answered What should I put in my swamp cooler water to retard growth of nasty things?
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