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As of this posting, Great Fermentations is discounting their entire lineup of Imperial Organic Yeast by 20% when you spend $30 or more.

About Imperial Organic Yeast, from Great Fermentations: “Imperial Organic Yeast was started by people passionate about the brewing community. Their mission? To provide home brewers with the highest quality yeast, and at the proper cell amount needed to cleanly ferment your home brew creations. Each can comes with 200 billion cells (compared to the standard 100 billion from other liquid strains), and all their strains are certified USDA organic! Up your pitch today with a can from Imperial Yeast. We promise your beer will thank you!”

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ALES

A01 House

The best of both worlds, House is clean and allows malt and hops to shine. This strain is extremely versatile and flocculent enough to drop out of the beer quickly. Best used in American IPAs but works well in English style ales. House is clean at cold temperatures with increased esters as fermentation temperatures increase.

Temp: 62-70F, 16-21C // Flocculation: High // Attenuation: 73-75%

A04 Barbarian

Ready to attack your IPA, Barbarian produces stone fruit esters that work great when paired with citrus hops. Barbarian will give you what you need for an exceptionally balanced IPA.

Temp: 62-70F, 16-21C // Flocculation: Medium // Attenuation: 73-74%

A07 Flagship

A craft brewing standard, Flagship is a versatile strain loved for its extremely clean character. This strain performs well at standard ale temperatures, but can be used in the low 60s to produce exceptionally crisp ales. Flocculation is in the middle of the road and will typically require filtration or fining to achieve crystal clear beers.

Temp: 60-72F, 16-22C // Flocculation: Med-low // Attenuation: 73-77%

A09 Pub

Brewers swear by this strain to achieve super bright ales in a short amount of time. One of the most flocculent brewer’s strains around, Pub will rip through fermentation and then drop out of the beer quickly. Pub produces higher levels of esters than most domestic ale strains. Be sure to give beers made with Pub a sufficient diacetyl rest.

Temp:64-70F,18-21C // Flocculation: Very High // Attenuation: 69-74%

A10 Darkness

A beautiful strain for stout, porter, brown, and amber ales. Darkness produces a unique character that matches up perfectly with roasted and caramel malts. This strain is alcohol tolerant, so don’t hesitate to throw high gravity worts its way.

Temp: 62-72F, 17-22C // Flocculation: Medium // Attenuation: 71-75%

A15 Independence

Independence is the strain for bringing some new character into your hop-driven beers. Higher in esters than Flagship, this yeast will give some fruit character that will take your hoppy beers to a new level. While it shines in pale ales and IPAs, Independence is a great all-around strain and will also work well in stouts and English ales.

Temp: 60-72F, 16-22C // Flocculation: Medium // Attenuation: 72-76%

A18 Joystick

This strain is a fast mover and can be used at the low end of the ale fermentation spectrum to keep it clean. Joystick is a good choice for big, high alcohol, malty beers but has no issues chomping on a hoppy double IPA.

Temp: 60-70F,16-21C // Flocculation: Med-High// Attenuation: 73-77%

A20 Citrus

Citrus cranks out orange and lemon aromas along with some tropical fruit. Use this strain at high temps for big ester production. A wild saccharomyces strain, it will get a bit funky without the worries of a brettanomyces strain.

Temp: 67-80F, 19-27C // Flocculation: low // Attenuation:74-78%

A24 Dry Hop

Dry Hop is a blend of A20 Citrus and A04 Barbarian. When this blend goes to work on your hoppy beer, the hop aroma blows up. The combination of these strains produces amazing aromas of citrus, peach and apricot that will accentuate your IPA, pale ale, and any other hop driven beer.

Temp: 64-74F, 18-23C // Flocculation: medium // Attenuation: 74-78%

A31 Tartan

Tartan is a traditional strain that accentuates the malt character of Scottish ales. It can also be used for other styles and works well in IPAs due to its clean character. For a higher ester profile, use this ale yeast at the top end of the temperature range.

Temp: 65-70F, 18-21C // Flocculation: medium // Attenuation: 70-75%

A38 Juice

Juicy. Fruity. Juice is an amazing strain for East Coast IPAs. The ester profile of Juice brings out the aromas and flavors of the new school hops and creates a beers that is greater than the sum of its parts. Keep an eye on this strain, it likes to move to the top of fermentation and will climb out the the fermenter if too full.

Temp: 64-74F, 18-23C // Flocculation: medium // Attenuation: 72-76%

GERMAN ALES

G01 Stefon

This is the traditional German strain used to produce world class weizen beers where big banana aroma is required. Balanced with mild clove, depending on your wort profile, this strain will produce amazing beers. Stefon will create a slightly higher level of acidity to give your beer a very crisp finish. Slightly underpitching will help increase the banana character.

Temp: 63-73F, 17-23C // Flocculation: Low // Attenuation: 73-77%

G02 Kaiser

A traditional alt strain, Kaiser is ready to produce an array of German style beers. It will keep the beer clean and allow the delicate malt flavors and aromas to shine through. Characteristics of this strain make it a good choice for traditional Berliner weisse fermentations. Kaiser is a low flocking strain, so expect long clarification times, but very low diacetyl levels.

Temp: 56-65F, 13-18C // Flocculation: Low // Attenuation: 73-77%

G03 Dieter

Dieter is a clean, crisp, traditional German Kölsch strain. A very low ester profile makes this strain perfect for Kölsch, Alt and other light colored delicate beers. Dieter has better flocculation characteristics than most Kölsch strains which allows brewers to produce clean, bright beers in a shorter amount of time.

Temp: 60-69F, 16-20C // Flocculation: Medium // Attenuation: 73-77%

BELGIAN ALES

B44 Whiteout

This is the strain for Belgian Wit style beers. Whiteout produces an excellent balance of spicy phenolic character and esters. Along with the necessary aromatics, this strain produces a significant amount of acidity which is perfect for wits and other light colored Belgian ales. Whiteout can be flocculent during fermentation, then become non-flocculent at the end. This may lead to slower than normal fermentation.

Temp: 62-72F, 17-22C // Flocculation: Med-low // Attenuation: 72-76%

B45 Gnome

Gnome is the yeast for brewing Belgian inspired beers in a hurry. This strain is extremely flocculent and drops out of the beer quickly after fermentation. Gnome produces a nice phenolic character that goes well with hops, as well as with caramel and toffee flavors. Great for Belgian ales that need to be crystal clear without filtration.

Temp: 65-75F, 18-24C// Flocculation: Med-high // Attenuation: 72-76%

B48 Triple Double

The perfect strain for your classic abbey ales. Triple Double produces moderate esters with low to no phenolic characteristics. This strain is tried and true and works perfectly in a production environment. Keep an eye on Triple Double, it likes to sit on top of the wort throughout fermentation which may result in a slow fermentation.

Temp: 65-77F, 18-25C // Flocculation: Medium // Attenuation: 74-78%

B51 Workhorse

Saison…no problem. Belgian stout, double… yep. Workhorse is the strain to use for a wide variety of brews. Super clean, this fast-attenuating strain has good flocculation characteristics. High alcohol tolerance makes this a great option for big Belgian beers.

Temp: 65-75F, 18-25C // Flocculation: Medium // Attenuation: 72-77%

B56 Rustic

This unique yeast can be used in your saison, farmhouse ale, or other Belgian styles where high ester levels are important. Rustic typically produces a lot of bubblegum and juicy aromas that compliment complex maltiness.

Temp: 68-80F, 20-27C // Flocculation: Medium // Attenuation: 72-76%

B63 Monastic

This strain is a beautiful yeast for fermenting abbey ales, especially quads; high alcohol and dark Belgian beers. Monastic will produce beers with a high level of phenolic character and esters. It can be slow to begin fermentation but will easily dry out high gravity worts. This strain is a low flocking strain, so expect it to stay suspended for a long time.

Temp: 68-78F, 20-26C // Flocculation: Medium low // Attenuation: 74-78%

B64 Napoleon

This yeast is an insane wort attenuator. Napoleon will destroy the sugars in your saison and farmhouse beers – even the ones in which most brewer’s strains have no interest. When all is said and done, Napoleon produces very dry, crisp beers with nice citrus aromas. Yeast settling times can be long, usually requiring filtration for bright beers.

Temp: 65-78F, 18-26C // Flocculation: Low // Attenuation: 77-83%

LAGERS

L05 Cablecar

This strain is for fermenting your “California Common” beer. Cablecar can produce clean pseudo lagers at ale temperatures, but is also willing to work as a traditional lager strain down to the mid 50s.

Temp: 55-65F, 13-18C // Flocculation: Med-high // Attenuation: 71-75%

L13 Global

The world’s most popular lager strain is ready for you. Global is an all-around solid lager strain that produces clean beers with a very low ester profile. This strain is very powdery, so long lagering times or filtration is required for bright beer.

Temp: 46-56F, 8-13C // Flocculation: Med-low // Attenuation: 73-77%

L17 Harvest

This strain combines good flocculation characteristics with low sulfur and low diacetyl. Clean fermentations produce amazing bock, helles, pilsner, dunkles, and just about any other lager style you throw its way.

Temp: 50-60F, 10-16C // Flocculation: Medium // Attenuation: 70-74%

L28 Urkel

A traditional Czech lager strain, Urkel allows for a nice balance between hops and malt. This strain can be slightly sulphery during fermentation, but it cleans up during lagering. Fermentation at the higher end of the range will produce a beer with minimal sulfur and a light ester profile.

Temp: 52-58F, 11-14C // Flocculation: Medium // Attenuation: 71-75%

WILDS & SOURS

F08 Sour Batch Kidz

Sour Batch Kidz is a blend of low attenuating Belgian saison yeast, Lactobacillus, and two Brettanomyces yeast strains. This blend is great for emulating lambics, Flanders reds, sour farmhouse ales and any other brew you would like to funk up.

Temp: 68-76F, 20-24 // Flocculation: Low // Attenuation: 80%+

W15 Suburban Brett

Suburban Brett is Brettanomyces yeast that works great as a secondary aging strain. It really shines when used in wood barrels and will produce complex and balanced aromas of sour cherry and dried fruit. It can also be used for as a primary strain for brett only beers

Temp: 64-74F, 18-23C // Flocculation: Low // Attenuation: 75-80%

 

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As of this posting, Great Fermentations is discounting select bottles by up to 30%, multiple styles are available including beer and wine bottles.  Included in the mix are some cool Stubby Brown Bottles.  No coupon or promo code is required. Check GF for up to the minute price and availability.

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Update: Mark II Keg & Carboy Cleaner… As a Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump!

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The Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer [Review] can clean a lot of your homebrewing gear.  Kegs, Carboys, Speidel Fermenters, Tubing, Small Parts & Pieces, Buckets, Keggles and more.

A small hardware purchase can convert your Keg and Carboy Washer over to an efficient ball lock draft line cleaning pump.

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Free shipping Stainless steel Carbonation Cap w/ 5/16" Barb, Ball Lock Type, fit soft drink PET bottles, Homebrew Kegging
Stainless steel Carbonation Cap w/ 5/16″ Barb, Ball Lock Type, fit soft drink PET bottles, Homebrew Kegging

This is a stainless steel ball lock carbonator cap that is typically intended to use with 1L and 2L PET (soda type) bottles for force carbing and transporting beer (soda, etc).  Why does it include a barb?  I have no idea, but it comes in really handy for this purpose.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: I have heard that this fitting no longer works with BOTH liquid and gas ball lock QDs.  That is an important feature for this project.

Consider these alternatives (As of this update, both claim to work with both gas and liquid posts, check description for up to the minute details)..

cln_img_9641A photo of just the carbonator capcln_img_9644A carbonator cap would typically work with a gas QD and this does.cln_img_9642However, it also works (easily) with a liquid QD.  Not sure why it’s designed like this, but it is and this is another important feature.cln_img_9646To adapt the Keg and Carboy Cleaner for Ball Lock draft lines just attach the stainless carbonator cap to a length of 1/4″ ID tubing (the shorter the better).  Attach the unused end to the smaller of the two included barbs (intended for cleaning tubing) and whammo… you’ve got a line cleaner.  I didn’t use any clamps.  Things held together fine and disassemble for easy cleaning.

cln_img_9654I use a piece of 1/2″ ID silicone tubing over my faucets to return cleaning, rinsing and sanitizing solution back to the Keg and Carboy Cleaner’s basin.  Recirculating means you can run this for a long time (according to your cleaner’s recommendations).  You may also save money by using less cleaner and sanitizer.

This has the advantage of cleaning everything in your draft system.  It cleans the faucet, the shank, the quick disconnect and the tubing.  Some line cleaning pump designs I’ve seen have you removing the beer nut and placing the hand pump apparatus directly on the shank.  That’s some work disassembling and reassembling and it also skips the line and quick disconnect.

cln_img_9657Here is a photo that should hopefully give you an idea about flow rate.  If you look at my original Draft Line Cleaning Pump Build, you’ll see that I don’t believe you need a gushing fire hose-like flow rate.  The important thing, in my book, is touching all parts and constant flow.  Along those lines, if you’re looking for your draft cleaning pump to resemble a pressure washer, I’d suggest looking for something different.  I spent no time on trying to increase flow for this build.  It’s going to depend on your line length and where you place the Keg and Carboy Washer in relation to the top of your shank.

cln_img_9660A look at the 1/2″ ID tubing over my Perlick faucetcln_img_9666The Keg and Carboy Washer can be a bit unwieldy to pick up when full.  You can drain a good bit of liquid off by redirecting the discharge tubing to a bucket.

cln_img_9649I have added this switch to my Keg and Carboy Washer setup.  It allows me to easily turn the pump on and off without plugging and unplugging it.  This switch appears to be similar although not the exact same part number… [GE 52149 Handy Switch Grounded White].  You may want to add a GFCI Adapter and for safety, always read and follow manufacturer’s warnings.

1312Alternative for Pin Lock, Sankey and Ball Lock Systems.  I know of no similar Pin Lock style carbonator cap.  You get nearly the same benefit by replacing that with a 1/4″ Male Flare to 1/4″ Barb Fitting.  Remove your MFL Pin Lock QDs and attach to this fitting.  The only thing you’re missing is including the Pin Lock QDs in the cleaning process.  This would also work for Sankey and ball lock setups, you just need to have 1/4″ MFL lines.

Prior to getting a Keg and Carboy Washer myself, I consistently heard great things about it.  I can confirm the praise.  This is a great piece of equipment that saves me time.  The additional ability to clean lines with little additional expense sweetens the deal further.  The Mark II Keg and Carboy Washer is one of our Top Finds.

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Read the current description of these to make sure they are designed to work with both gas and liquid posts.

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New from Blichmann Engineering: RipTide Brewing Pump!

About the new Blichmann Engineering RipTide Brewing Pump

“The RipTide Brew Pump from Blichmann Engineering is here! This is the first pump designed and engineered specifically for home brewers. The minds at Blichmann designed this pump to solve many of the problems that have plagued home brewers for years, and the results speak for themselves. The Riptide has a tri-clamp stainless steel head with integral linear flow valve and integral air vent valve that can be set to any angle, allows for perfect flow control and bleeding of air from the pump. No need to spend extra money and design your own solution, the RipTide has these built-in! The totally enclosed motor is much more resistant to water and splashing than comparable pumps, and runs whisper-quiet! An included stable base keeps the pump from tipping over when in use and acts as a cord wrap for easy storage. It includes a 10 ft power cable and even has a power switch for turning the pump on and off at your convenience! The RipTide simply makes more sense than other pumps for all your home brewing needs!”

Product Features

  • Curved impeller blade with rare earth metal magnet can pump 7 gallons per minute (GPM) and delivers a 21 ft lift!
  • Tri-clamp head disassembles in seconds for easy cleaning and can be oriented to any angle!
  • Motor is completely enclosed, splash-proof and whisper-quiet!
  • Integrated linear flow valve and air vent valve allow for easy priming, precise flow control and bleeding of air from the pump! No need for “bleeder valve” setup.
  • Large stable base included, allows for stable operation and a cord  wrap for the 10 ft. cord during storage.
  • Power switch on pump allows the pump to be turned on and off with ease!
  • Super-duper quiet operation!

Great Fermentations is located in the fine state of Indiana.  As such they seem to have a mind meld going on with Blichmann Engineering.  They probably all hang out at basketball games and such.  I imagine some level of frolicking is involved.  Anyway GF is quick on the uptake with regards to Blichmann Gear.  For example… check out their extensive line of replacement parts.

Great Fermentations has the RipTide Brew Pump available for purchase at $199.99. They’re on of the first to have it available.  Since this is under minimum pricing, you’re unlikely to find it for less elsewhere.  Check GF for up to the minute price, description and availability.

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Guest Post: Nutty Brit – Peanut Brittle Brown Ale Recipe

Many thanks to Wes via Great Fermentations for this special Guest Post!  Read more about Wes below.

his month, we will be looking at a no-sparge recipe for a peanut brittle brown ale developed by one of our customers, Jerry Tyson. Jerry made this beer for one of our monthly Friday Night Club gatherings, and it made quite an impression! It was like liquid peanut brittle, and upon trying it, I immediately had a million questions. Where did he get the idea for this beer? How did he do it? And most importantly, could I share his recipe as one of our Recipe of the Month blog posts?!?!

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