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Old 01-10-2006, 06:54 AM   #1
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Default Safale yeast?

Any good? Is their lager yeast recomended? I know nothing about Safale but saw it on an online HBS and it got me thinking.

I know Danstar will be releasing a dried real lager yeast soon. There working on consistancy of production right now.

Anyway, any reviews of Safale over all would be appreciated.

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Old 01-10-2006, 06:58 AM   #2
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Any good? Is their lager yeast recomended? I know nothing about Safale but saw it on an online HBS and it got me thinking.

I know Danstar will be releasing a dried real lager yeast soon. There working on consistancy of production right now.

Anyway, any reviews of Safale over all would be appreciated.
I love Safale 56. Every time I pitch a packet of that without a starter I still have active fermentation within a few hours. 56 is a real clean finishing yeast, and I don't taste a difference between WLP001. WLP001 doesn't start fermenting (without a starter) near as fast as the dry yeast does.

I bought a packet of safale 04 the other day, but haven't brewed with it yet.
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I'd never used it before until just the other day. The homebrew dealer near me was out of smack-packs, so they gave me a packet of US-56. I'm making an amber ale with it and (at least as of last night) it seemed to be doing fine.

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I'd never used it before until just the other day. The homebrew dealer near me was out of smack-packs, so they gave me a packet of US-56. I'm making an amber ale with it and (at least as of last night) it seemed to be doing fine.
Ditto. Except that I'm making a pale ale with it. I'll try to remember to update this thread when I sample it.

Started off very strong and quickly.
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I've use safale s-04, but never used any of their saflager products. I'd expect similar quality.

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I've used the S-04 several times. Never had any problems except for the last one. Fermented gently for 7 days then stopped. I had broken ny hydrometer, so without thinking to taste, I racked to secondary. Two weeks later (with new hydrometer) I thought about kegging, but the gravity was still 1.028. I wondered if hydrometer could be lying, but it tasted like 1.028. Another brew using another yeast stopped at 1.048. Repitched both with my last S-04 (which I started 3 days ago) and they are both bubbling fine now. Dunno what went wrong. Perhaps my wife had been singing to the fermenters.

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I have made three beers with Safale S-04 and one with Safale US-56.
The 56 ferments out a little more completely than the 04, but as far as I can tell, that's about the only difference.

I'm not overly experienced (9th brew in fermenter now), but for what it's worth, it seems like a pretty good yeast to me.

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Just wondering if there is a yeast that breaks the 80% Attenuation barrier? Most yeasts fall short of that even.

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I just did a lager with a dried saflager which had come in a Festa kit that I had kicking around. I only pitched yesterday with no starter and it's going like mad. I'll let you know how it turns out. It was saflager s23

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anyone else tried the lager yeasts? Wondering if they work ok at lager temps? I don't like mail ordering liquid yeast and right now I have a hard time aquiring liquid without a 5 hr drive. So if saflaget / ale work ok, I might oder a bulk puchase and store in the fridge or freezer.

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