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Offline Jake

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Re: Opinions
« Reply #15 on: March 07, 2012, 01:35:36 PM »
I find the SO4 a little too fruity ... not to my taste. I prefer something a little more dry. I've tried fermenting around 17-18 but I still wasn't a huge fan
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Re: Opinions
« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2012, 01:54:07 PM »
I find 16C is the magic number for S04, but it's far too easy to get above that. My favourite "English" yeast so far is the 1968 London ESB.
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« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2012, 01:57:20 PM »
I have done quite a few batches with S-04, and the comments above are what I found as well, with the exception of when it is fermented under pressure. With the use of a spunding valve, it pretty much negates the fruity esters even at 21 Celcius. However, it does become more bready
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Re: Opinions
« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2012, 02:17:08 PM »
I used S-04 on Monday, just pitched it dry.  It started fermenting in about 8 hours, and itwas at about 19*C, until reading this.  I can definitely smell the banana in my fermenting room.  I opened the window for a bit to get the temp down a little, at least to what my thermostat reads (17.5*C, I'm cheap).
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Re: Opinions
« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2012, 04:06:10 PM »
Ive never had any 'banana' flavours... My room fermentation temp is 60F ish. I have had some of the bready smell/taste with SO4 which I am not big on.

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Re: Opinions
« Reply #20 on: March 08, 2012, 07:29:27 AM »
Quote from: "Kyle"
I have done quite a few batches with S-04, and the comments above are what I found as well, with the exception of when it is fermented under pressure. With the use of a spunding valve, it pretty much negates the fruity esters even at 21 Celcius. However, it does become more bready


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Re: Opinions
« Reply #21 on: March 08, 2012, 08:37:29 AM »
Doesn't proper aeration help alleviate esters?

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Re: Opinions
« Reply #22 on: March 08, 2012, 11:49:48 AM »
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Doesn't proper aeration help alleviate esters?


Low aeration leads to reproductive difficulties... Low pitching further exacerbates this.
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Re: Opinions
« Reply #23 on: March 08, 2012, 05:06:22 PM »
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Low pitching further exacerbates this.


And who doesn't like to exacerbate?  Exacerbation keeps you healthy... :lol:

I found the same thing...slight banana, almost clovey taste...very slight though, but enough that I wasn't a huge fan of the otherwise good ipa.

Like Kyle mentioned, spunding seems to eliminate the banana taste...

I have yet to make a batch of spunded brew that didn't taste fresh and delicious.
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