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Old 02-03-2013, 02:47 PM   #1
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Default California lager yeast top fermenting?

I've never used this yeast and my basement is in the high 50s right now - is this yeast top or bottom fermenting? Since its listed under lager yeast on wyeast website. My beer isn't showing any krasen and it usually will at this point. I'm not worried just wondering if I should warn it up upstairs

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Old 02-03-2013, 05:28 PM   #2
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Wyeast 2112 is not recomended for cold fermentation, warm it up, 58-68F. Its used alot for California Commons (Steam beer), Otherwise you can check the gravity to see if its fermenting.

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Old 02-03-2013, 05:44 PM   #3
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I use this strain a lot and I start fermentation at 58F, once it slows I ramp it up to 62 over a few days and I've never had a problem with it attenuating properly. I get a super nice clean flavored Steam beer very similar to Anchor Steam.

IMO, if you go over 65 you can start to get some funky flavors, not necessarily off, but not desirable to my tastes.

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Thanks is this a top fermenting yeast? Should there be krausen in top of the beer? I'm not a lager brewer.

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Thanks is this a top fermenting yeast? Should there be krausen in top of the beer? I'm not a lager brewer.
Every brew is different, sometimes krausen, sometimes not, I wouldn't expect much krausen at that temperature with that yeast. Use your hydrometer.
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Thanks is this a top fermenting yeast? Should there be krausen in top of the beer? I'm not a lager brewer.
All lager yeast are bottom fermenting but that does not mean they will not produce krausen and depending on all factors involved every beer will ferment differently.
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All lager yeast are bottom fermenting but that does not mean they will not produce krausen and depending on all factors involved every beer will ferment differently.
Thanks I'll sit tight with it.
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Thanks I'll sit tight with it.
If you have any concerns then take a gravity reading. Gravity will always tell you what you may not see
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If you have any concerns then take a gravity reading. Gravity will always tell you what you may not see
I just put in the fermenter yesterday at 4pm
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The temperature of the fermenting beer may be several degrees above room temperature so if the air is 58 F then your beer may be several degrees above that which could be ideal. Let us (or just me) know how this turns out. I would like to give this yeast a try someday.

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