So that little Cry Havoc starter got built up into a 1 liter starter and went into a 1.084 Imperial Oatmeal Stout. Boy it is nice when you have a good starter. There was obvious fermentation going on within an hour or to of pitching that yeast. Good thing I have a blow-off tube! Too bad the bow-off bucket I used was too small!
This coming weekend the SouthCoast Homebrewers Association is planning a Belgian Partigyle. It's a bit of an experiment for the group. This isn't really a traditional partigyle but a sort of hybrid where we are using to mash tuns. One will produce a wort for a Quad, the second will produce a wort for a Tripell, and the second runnings from both systems will be combined to try and make a Dubell.. On paper it works, we'll see what happens once the yeast is pitched.
I'm breaking out my trusty culture of WLP 550 Belgian Ale for one beer and we have a new addition to the stable, Wyeast 3787 Trappist High Gravity. I'm really excited about this one too! We will be using it in two of the beers.
Right now I only have one stir plate so the Trappist yeast is getting a stir and the Belgian Ale is building up old school. Interestingly, I do have a second stirplate stashed away. A couple of years ago I decided to build my own with a computer fan and rare earth magnets. It was a fun project and everything looked great but I was never able to get the stir bar I had at the time to couple well with the magnets and actually stir. Since I got my new stir plate and stir bar I finally figured out what the problem was....the original stir bar that I had was not magnetized! It is just a plastic coated piece of metal. It sticks to the stir plate but even on my new stir plate doesn't make a strong enough magnetic coupling to stir.
Well that stir bar is going straight into the trash (as soon as I fish it out of the bottom of the WLP 550 starter)! I have a new magnetized stirbar on the way. Now I just need to fish out the homemade stirplate, re-solder some of the connections that have become broken as I have fiddled with it, and I will be all set to have 2 starters stirring concurrently! YeeeHaaawww!