Russian River Fermentation Schedule

I was listening to some of the archives from the brewing network recently, specifically the show with Vinnie Cilurzo from Russian River and found this interesting.

This is their normal Fermentation Schedule:


White Labs WLP001 California Ale Yeast

Fermentation Schedule:

6-7 Days @ 68 degrees F.

2 Days @ 52

Remove Yeast

Dry Hop @ ambient Temps 52-70 12 days

Finings (Gelatin) 1 day

Carb and Bottle.

Great information, I’m sure there is more in the talk but I am still listening to it.

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11 2009

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  1. Nate #

    I’ve listened to that show and Vinnie is always a good time. It is also a good trip in the “way back” machine as RR was brewing mostly American styles then, so Cal Ale was mostly what he was using then. He has much more “interesting” fermentaions on some of the later shows when he is discussing some of the Belgian styles he is brewing now…

  2. Brian #

    Ya totally agree. He did say that this was their schedule for all their beers except for the Belgians. Another interesting thing that came out of the show was talking about hop blending. Not a ton of specifics but he did mention that he loves the combo of Willamette and Centenial in a 1 to 3 ratio. He said that if he brews a pale ale again that he would use that ratio to brew it.

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    I will definitely listen to this. I just had my first Pliny about a month ago. I’m getting ready to make a clone of it very, very soon.

  4. Brian #

    Gary – Let me know what recipe you go with, I am interested in brewing it myself.

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