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Brian N.

Every brew just a little different

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Funny how after so many brews,  the same recipe, yeast, etc, each is so individual. Kind of like children - same parents, same DNA, but yet different. My Churchill's which I started Sunday has the strangest fermentation I've seen. Big and foamy like a bubble bath. I'm not worried that the beer will be bad, just a comment on how brewing is only part science, part art and partly unknown.

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yeast are living things. living things act weird from time to time. no 2 fermentations will be identical for this reason.  i double pitched us04 that was expired, thinking i needed to boost cell count. big mistake. it was still very very viable and the fermentation was a gushing volcano for over a day plus.  i've seen us04 behave like saison yeast.. slow, dainty eater with a very small krausen head. same yeast.  ive had rafts of yeast on some batches at bottling, that were absent on others.

 

you can predict the flavor outcome based on temperatures and expected ester development. you cant predict how vigorously the yeast will feed.  that's one of the things i find fascinating about yeast.

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