AdrianDBW
OK, so I'm planning on brewing a fairly big beer for my Christmas beer this year, looking at about 8-9% I think.

I was going to use CML Real Ale Yeast, but they've now added a 'max brew strength of 5.5% ABV' statement to their website, so I'm wondering if I should chose something else??

Any suggestions?
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Clibit
AdrianDBW wrote:
OK, so I'm planning on brewing a fairly big beer for my Christmas beer this year, looking at about 8-9% I think.

I was going to use CML Real Ale Yeast, but they've now added a 'max brew strength of 5.5% ABV' statement to their website, so I'm wondering if I should chose something else??

Any suggestions?


I reckon most yeasts would cope as long as you pitch lots of healthy yeast, like brewing a regular strength beer a couple of weeks before and pitch onto the yeast from that. You want good attenuation at that strength, so Gervin, Nottingham, S04, US05 would all do it. Plenty of others.
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AdrianDBW
I'm going to brew 10 litres this time, so one pack should be enough.

Not so confident about brewing onto a yeast cake, sounds a bit messy! But I've got some DME so I could make a little starter... not done that before either though!
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Clibit
AdrianDBW wrote:
I'm going to brew 10 litres this time, so one pack should be enough.

Not so confident about brewing onto a yeast cake, sounds a bit messy! But I've got some DME so I could make a little starter... not done that before either though!


I don't actually pitch onto the cake, I rescue a good amount of the yeast slurry and pitch that straight into the next brew in a clean sterilised FV. 
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Pesho77

 You can do either just use the whole yeast cake, or split it up and make a starter. One more thing to think about is volume in the FV, if there a lot of sugars there will be a lot of activity and a lot of foaming, so its best to have a large FV

 Pesh
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Womble
Using a yeast cake sounds like sound advice to me.  You'll have no problems getting your yeast count up.  And I find that even dried yeast performs better the second time round.

There are lots of videos on Youtube that deal with rinsing yeast ... it's not rocket science.  And as you will be producing a stronger beer, the extra alcohol content will protect the beer from any potential problems from recycling yeast.

Have you considered liquid yeast ?  Loads of choices then. 

1st generation, i would make a running beer ...
2nd generation for the big beer, recycled yeast cake.

Multi-tasking, easy, drink beer and watch telly.
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Pinto
Use a cake - its as simple as one beer out, one beer in.  Yeasts like Notty will easily smash their way through a 1.090+ wort with a simple pitch - for 10L a full sachet would be advisable tho. My 10% Crazy Ivan RIS came out well with a mix of S-33 and Notty (for no other reason than I has some of both to use up)

8-9% isnt a "big" beer by any means [wink] - My bad Santa Brew is 14%... Thats made on a yeast cake as well.
Beer is like porn - you can buy it easily enough, but its so much more fun to make it [wink]
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Steve
Pinto wrote:
Use a cake - its as simple as one beer out, one beer in.  Yeasts like Notty will easily smash their way through a 1.090+ wort with a simple pitch - for 10L a full sachet would be advisable tho. My 10% Crazy Ivan RIS came out well with a mix of S-33 and Notty (for no other reason than I has some of both to use up)

8-9% isnt a "big" beer by any means [wink] - My bad Santa Brew is 14%... Thats made on a yeast cake as well.


Your just a animal Sir [rofl]
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Pinto
Steve wrote:


Your just a animal Sir [rofl]


You know it 😋 lol  Just cant make my Hooligans.....
Beer is like porn - you can buy it easily enough, but its so much more fun to make it [wink]
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AdrianDBW
Thanks for all the replies... I guess I get to do some more research to decide what to do!! I was trying to avoid getting too much into yeast yet- I figured I'd do that once I'd gotten the hang of AG first before getting involved with all of that!

If you rinse the yeast and store it in jars in the fridge- how long does it keep for?
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Pinto
Don't rinse.  When you bottle leave enough beer in the fermenter to cover the cake by a few mm and mix it up.  Put the lot in a sanitised jar and store it like that.
Beer is like porn - you can buy it easily enough, but its so much more fun to make it [wink]
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