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Drinking: Pub Ale, Electric Creamsicle, Mild, Pliny the Younger, Belgian Dark Strong, Weizen, Russian Imperial Stout, Black Butte Porter
Link Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 8:11 pm Post subject:
I'd probably not go less than 1 pack per 5 gallons but it really depends on your personal choice and how much you want to push things. Everyone has different tastes and what they deem appropriate. One person may say "there's not enough bacon" while someone else may say "there's too much bacon". (Ok, nobody says the latter).
Temperature plays in here too like you mentioned so that's another factor. Don't go low if you want a banana bomb.
To each their own, but I've never liked the idea of purposely underpitching any beer as it's risky. You're purposely adding a long lag time which can cause other things to take hold and start fermenting first instead of the yeast. But that's just me!
Experimentation is key - sometimes you need to brew 4-5 batches making tweaks to get things to where you like them. They'll all be good, and there will be people out there that enjoy all of them with some liking one extreme more than another. Everyone is right, nobody is wrong. Which one's right for your tastebuds is often impossible to tell from other options until you actually brew it yourself.
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