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    Wlp565 Belgian saison.

    Naah, there's nothing wrong with the Dupont yeast at all. I'm not sure why it has a rep for being finicky if you handle it properly and run the ferment on the warm side. A few commercial brewers do an open fermentation with it as anecdotally it's less likely to stall with an open ferment / less...
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    Agrresive fermentation

    I use a blowoff tube rather than an airlock when that happens. Less chance of things like a clogged airlock. just sanitise a piece of pvc hose and then run it into a glass, jar or beaker of water.
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    Help needed - first lager brew.

    If the yeast was a bit old then two packs for a cold pitch might not have been enough. This is a good calculator to work out how much yeast you need: https://www.brewersfriend.com/yeast-pitch-rate-and-starter-calculator/ - use something like Pro Brewer 1.5 as the setting. E.g. with that setting...
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    Tropical Pale Ale : Six String Brewing

    haven't had it but.... tropical pale is usually something along the lines of an XPA or hazy pale ale, like a neipa without as many oats but pushed down to sub 4.5% ish, not really covered too much by the style guidelines nowadays except for the ones that Brewers Association makes...
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    Light headedness with home brewed ale

    what was the yeast? It's possible you ended up with lots of fusel alcohol or ethyl acetate in the beer from a high fermentation temperature, which will smell like nail polish remover and can give you a headache
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    German wheat vs. Belgian yeasts: what's the big diff?

    lal abbaye or be-256 will do well if you have the time to get dry yeast but you'd be better off just going straight to wlp530/wlp500/wlp540 or other belgian liquid yeast for a tripel. sure, pitch the wlp300 but you'll probably come out with an underattenuated banana & clove beer, probably not...
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    Anyone brewing Belgian beer ?

    Nothing that complicated really. there's a wide range of belgian style dried yeasts out there now like lallemand abbaye, saf be-256, and then in liquid form there's wlp530/wyeast 3787 (westmalle), wlp500 (chimay) and then yeasts like wlp400 - hoegaarden witbier. One of the simplest recipes is a...
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    Saison fermentation question

    wlp565/ dupont / 3724 takes ages to get through the last part of fermenting. Raising the temperature helps, but probably best to just leave it for a week or two at least until you have a stable gravity. Edit: you're using wlp568 not 565, but that blend probably has it in there anyway. Hopefully...
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    Kolsch- Danstar koln kolsch yeast

    wrote up something http://sykesey.id.au/?p=12 took 2nd place at NSW homebrewing comp, pale ale category. TL;DR - a bit slow to start, but a good flavour profile once it gets going. A bit more character than WLP029 but still clean. Pitching rates are a bit high though - two packs would be...
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    Inkbird 308

    Just make sure you set "PT" - compressor delay, off the default of 0 minutes. 3 minutes would be a good start. Saves the unit switching on and off too quickly which can shorten the life of the compressor. Otherwise, just set it to celsius, HD and CD somewhere between 0.5 and 2C and then set the...
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    NSW Home Brewing Championship Fail

    You've qualified for nationals with the 3rd place, my understanding is now you can enter any mead you like in that category so maybe enter the peach mead which scored highest? The wording making the rules between style and category can be a bit confusing I guess. I've qualified for 2 entries in...
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    Chinook hop trimming

    Yeah, that's one way to do it. Page 30-31 of this PDF covers this https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/712717/hops-guide-for-new-growers.pdf
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    What’s your bad brewing habit?

    Same here, although it's a bit cooler up here so I don't mind, plus the room I ferment in stays pretty cool compared with the rest of the house. Looking forward to saisons and kviek yeast beers this summer!
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    Wlp 800 Pilsen Lager Yeast... Slow?

    Massive gravedig here but worth mentioning. WLP800 has turned out to be sequenced and found to actually be a cerevisiae yeast, so it's an ale not a pastorianus/lager yeast. Probably explains why it's slow at lager temperatures compared with other lager yeast, and has that big top-fermenting...
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    Blue Mountains clubs?

    Slow reply but i am in hazelbrook. PM me if you're still brewing. There's a few of us around.
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