Thursday, August 18, 2011

San Diego Super Yeast WLP090 vs. Safale US-05

So in my last post I mentioned I split my 10 gallon batch into 2 carboys and pitched WLP090 in one and Safale US-05 in the other. I was really curious on how the two would differ in fermentation time, clarity, and in taste.



Both yeast were pitched without making a starter. I was also able to keep my ferment temperature at 68 degrees the entire fermentation, which was in range for both yeasts.

First thing I noticed was the US-05 started about 4 hours before the WLP090. I also noticed, once fermentation started, the WLP090 took off and fermented way more vigorous than the US-05.

Active fermentation continued on both carboys for about 3-4 days and settled down after about a week.
I have to be honest, I didn't take any gravity readings to find out exactly when each one finished, but I'm pretty sure somewhere around a week.

I left both beers in primary for 17 days then transferred to kegs where they are now cold crashing.

I took this picture to show the 2 beers between transferring.
US-05 (left)
WLP090 (right)

My findings:
  • I first noticed US-05 started faster.
  • WLP090 fermented more vigorously.
  • Both seemed to finished pretty much the same time (not proven)
  • US-05 had some yeast floaters sitting on top of the beer after 17 days.
  • WLP090 finished much clearer then US-05.
  • Hops presence in the WLP090 beer was much more pronounced then the one with US-05.

Both beers are in the 3rd day of being cold crashed at 34 degrees and I'll be putting them on gas tonight!
Looking forward to seeing and tasting the finished product!



Friday, August 5, 2011

First Brew (Encinitas Brewery)

The first brew in the new garage is in the books! 
After almost 2 months of not brewing because of moving and whatnot, I was finally able to brew my first batch! It's about time because I just ran out of my previously bottled homebrews!

So I decided on doing a 10 gallon batch of an easy drinking "BMC" type beer, I'm calling it my Encinitas Blonde.
Set up was pretty easy! 
Forgot to pull out the folding table, so I had to improvise!
Hit my mash temperature dead on! 
This was a 90 minute mash @ 152*
The boil was also 90 minutes.
 There was only 1 hop addition to this recipe, 1oz of Crystal and 1oz of Williamette @ 60 minutes.
The 10 gallons were split into 2 carboys... I pitched one with Safale 05 and one with the new 
WLP090 San Diego Super Yeast!
This new yeast is basically WLP001Cali Yeast on steroids! Its suppose to ferment super fast and clean up beautifully! (as of today, I'm 4 days into fermentation and both are still bubbling away!)
Really looking forward to see  the out came of this yeast compared to the Safale 05!
With the move, the Keezer has been dry but has now found it's permanent home! The only bright side of having no beer is that I get to ferment in my keezer! So the 2 carboys are sitting in there fermenting at a controlled 68 degrees!!!


Planning on a 17 day primary, 3 day secondary (with Gelatin), then racked to kegs and cold crashed for 3 days!