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Old 05-04-2007, 08:31 PM   #1
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Default Oktoberfest W/ALE yeast

I do not have the ability to lager, but I'd love to make an Oktoberfest.

Is there an Ale yeast I can supplement that can give me a decent enough result for an Oktoberfest?

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Old 05-04-2007, 08:59 PM   #2
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You can use a Kolsch yeast. My Mocktoberfest was fermented with Wyeast #2565 Kolsch yeast, and it's not quite ready yet, but it's tasting like it is going to be a winner. Kolsch yeast ferments best in the low 60's if you can manage, and requires a little extra aging, because it is low-flocculating.

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Old 05-04-2007, 08:59 PM   #3
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German ale 1007

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Old 05-04-2007, 09:28 PM   #4
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Check out the recipe in my signature. It's an Oktoberfest recipe that I use Wyeast 1338 European Ale yeast on. That yeast makes a very good pseudo-Oktoberfest.

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Old 05-04-2007, 09:32 PM   #5
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I had a REALLY good dopplebock (from Brewsmith) that he made with the Cali Common strain. I considered using that to make an Oktoberfest. Kinda lager-ey, although you still can't ferment it at regular ale temps (wants to be low 60s, not high 60s).

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Old 05-05-2007, 12:45 AM   #6
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Awesome, Thanks a ton!!

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I would use the Cali Lager (Wyeast 2112) to make your Oktoberfest.

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What happens when you ferment lager yeast at room temp? 70 degrees or so? Produce off flavors?

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What happens when you ferment lager yeast at room temp? 70 degrees or so? Produce off flavors?
Yep...not good stuff. If you're going to ferment at 70F go ahead and use an ale yeast that works well at those temps.
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I thought that when you used a lager yeast at ale temps you got what is called steam beer, am I way off on this or what?

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