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belgian yeast in Christmas Ale recipe ?

Postby thippe » Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:43 am

i'm a big fan of re-using yeast. Currently I have the belgian pale ale fermenting with Safbrew S-33.
I was planning on making the holiday/Christmas ale recipe next, has anyone thought of trying a yeast like S-33 with a Christmas style recipe? I can't even really think what it would taste like. Maybe it would be cool/ different, maybe it would suck and is a bad idea.
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Re: belgian yeast in Christmas Ale recipe ?

Postby pclemon » Thu Dec 18, 2014 10:43 am

I can definitely see a belgian strain working well in darker holiday/christmas ale. There's a lot of commercial examples out there as well. Google Belgian Holiday Ale.
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Re: belgian yeast in Christmas Ale recipe ?

Postby turbo_ale » Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:21 am

S-33 will work fine in a Christmas ale.
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Re: belgian yeast in Christmas Ale recipe ?

Postby alewife » Thu Dec 18, 2014 2:00 pm

Don't fear the yeast! A Belgian yeast can be quite a treat incorporated into a dark, flavorful ale. 8) Depending on the alcohol level, I like to give them a little bottle age, tho.

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Re: belgian yeast in Christmas Ale recipe ?

Postby thippe » Thu Dec 18, 2014 4:22 pm

thanks! looking forward to it
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Re: belgian yeast in Christmas Ale recipe ?

Postby Denny » Fri Dec 19, 2014 10:48 am

FWIW S-33 is not a Belgian yeast. It's the British Edme strain, despite what the manufacturer says. There is nothing "Belgian" about it.
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Re: belgian yeast in Christmas Ale recipe ?

Postby rookie » Fri Dec 19, 2014 3:39 pm

Denny wrote:FWIW S-33 is not a Belgian yeast. It's the British Edme strain, despite what the manufacturer says. There is nothing "Belgian" about it.


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Re: belgian yeast in Christmas Ale recipe ?

Postby jimc » Sat Dec 20, 2014 8:41 pm

(Newbie alert - first post on these forums!)

I've just started to drink my 'Holiday Ale' brew (though I used Nottingham Ale yeast, one of my favourites) - and it hits the spot, just right for the season. Reminds me of the 'Winter Warmer' brews I love back in the UK at this time of year.

S-33 should be fine, but if bottling I'd be taking care to ensure the brew has cleared in the secondary sufficiently to minimise sediment. When I'm not using a high flocculation yeast I try to remember to cold-crash the brew the night before bottling.
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Re: belgian yeast in Christmas Ale recipe ?

Postby Atifreref » Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:28 pm

I've been on the fence for a speidel tank for a couple of years now. I'm finally going to buy one and I want that big one (60L) to hold my 10G batches... I see B3 lists it as approx 15.75 inches width. My chest freezer is a tight 16 inches.

Are the B3 measurements rounded down?

Aside from my freezer lid not standing 100% straight up, I imagine I'll have to angle it in to the freezer a little and lower with my winch. Can anyone confirm the widths?
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