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Old 11-22-2012, 04:43 AM   #1
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I will be bringing back some brewing supplies to China after my three week trip home over Christmas. I would like to bring back one vial of liquid yeast to complement the dry yeast I am bringing back; 1 packet Danstar American West Coast, 2 packets US-05, 2 packes S-04, 1 packet of Danstar Nottingham). We generally brew 5 - 6 times between New Years and June.
What style yeast should I bring back to enhance this collection of dry yeasts? We generally brew pale ales and IPAs along with stouts and porters, so I am looking for something that will work with a large number of styles.
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White Labs... you might want to try an English strain to complement your selections.



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Or if looking in a different direction I've had good results with white labs hefeweizen yeasts or a nice light summer beer from a cream ale blend

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I was thinking about one of the English strands as well. Any suggestions?

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WLP004 (Irish Ale) is what I have been using for a number of beers. It ferments cooler than the British strains. With temperature control it yields nice results. Although you might want to go with WLP002 if your fermentation temps are a little higher.

However, both of these are very close to the fermentist S-04 that you have. If it were me I would consider getting something a little different like a Saision yeast. WLP566 is what I have been using, but is seasonal, so it might be hard to find. WLP565 should be similar.

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I was thinking about one of the English strands as well. Any suggestions?
002, 005, 006, and 007 are some of the English strains they produce. Have a look at their yeast library here to see what profiles you might like:
http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/homebrew_strains.html.
Also, the yeast style guide can give you a good idea of what strain is best suited to which style (ranked 1-4):
http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/homebrew.html
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Personally, I would avoid a hefe strain because they only handle short times between repitching. I wouldnt take an english strain, you already have nottingham. I would take an american strain, as I am not a big fan of 05. I have been a big fan of the san diego super yeast lately, and that would be my choice.

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I will be bringing back some brewing supplies to China after my three week trip home over Christmas. I would like to bring back one vial of liquid yeast to complement the dry yeast I am bringing back; 1 packet Danstar American West Coast, 2 packets US-05, 2 packes S-04, 1 packet of Danstar Nottingham). We generally brew 5 - 6 times between New Years and June.
What style yeast should I bring back to enhance this collection of dry yeasts? We generally brew pale ales and IPAs along with stouts and porters, so I am looking for something that will work with a large number of styles.
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Thanks for the input guys.
The goal is to wash some yeast and then freeze samples so I can grow a bank of available yeasts for over here.
I like the idea of the 0004 Irish Ale strain. It breaks up the American and English strains that we normally work with.

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If you ferment on the cooler side, 029 Kolsch yeast is a great strain.



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