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Old 08-03-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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Default Mild or bitter? That is the question

I would like to brew one of these to use as a yeast starter for future brews. I bottle condition and I don't want to tie up too many bottles that will need to be stored for a while.

My question to you all is which style would reach its peak flavor sooner?

Will be using wlp007

Thanks in advance for the help

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Old 08-03-2012, 06:13 PM   #2
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I'd look at your yeast choice first and then determine what to brew from there. Since you'll be using wlp007, ordinary/special bitter is the clear choice, as it will ferment out too dry and neutral for a good English mild. Turnaround on both styles is about the same.

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Old 08-03-2012, 06:13 PM   #3
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A mild has less alcohol. It won't take as long to ferment.

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Old 08-03-2012, 06:14 PM   #4
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The difference is pretty minimal. If you're worried about tying up bottles, just brew whatever you'll drink faster. Mild should sustain its peak for longer, if that matters.

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Old 08-04-2012, 03:56 PM   #5
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Both styles are extremely fast going from grain to glass. I agree with bierhaus15, a mild should have some residual sweetness and wlp007 (or 1098 in my case since all I really conveniently have access to is wyeast) can finish pretty dry. You could compensate with a rather high mash temp and a fair amount of crystal and chocolate malt, but that's entirely up to you.

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