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Old 09-19-2012, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default Ale yeast for Oktoberfest

I somehow forgot to make my seasonal oktoberfest and am strapped on time now. I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good ale yeast that would have a clean malty finish similar to the helles finish.

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Old 09-19-2012, 03:34 PM   #2
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I would go with a 2112 to go for lager qualities. If that does not work for you, try 1007.

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EDIT: Another recommendation would be 2124 to try for both lager characteristics and malt profile...

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Old 09-19-2012, 03:43 PM   #3
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I just brewed one up this weekend with WLP036 - Dusseldorf Alt Yeast. White labs says it creates clean slightly sweet alt beers. I also picked because it has the same attenuation range as the bavarian lager strain.

A lot of people recommended Kolsch or Nottingham yeast, but I didn't want my Aletoberfest to over attenuate and be left too dry.

I have read on here people have a lot of success with S-04, Nottingham, and Kolsch yeast keeping the temps on the low end.

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how well can you control your fermentation temperatures?

Pacman or wlp090 or us-05 if properly temp controlled can produce very clean beers - use a higher mash temp to help keep some body and maltiness

2112 is more fruity and has more esters than the above IMO

2124 is a lager strain

1007 is very clean as well if you can keep the temps low but seems to work slower than other ale yeasts IME

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Old 09-19-2012, 05:21 PM   #5
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I just pitched a mix of 1007 and 1098 into the Brewhouse kit. It's my Anglo-German Rocktoberfest.

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Old 09-19-2012, 08:07 PM   #6
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I can only ferment at 66 to 75 degrees, or 50 and below in my cooler. I am going to go with 1007. Thanks for the help guys. Rocktoberfest sounds pretty kickass.

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i personally would use something other than 1007 if that's your temp range, its right on the edge of the upper limits

i brewed an oktoberfest ale last year using 1007 and my temps were around 68-70 at some points and it had all sorts of fruitiness to it that took a long time to begin to mellow out.

i figured german yeast was better since it was a german style at the time, but without being able to ferment in the low 60's it's not an ideal choice IMHO

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Old 09-19-2012, 09:46 PM   #8
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I just did an Oktoberfest with Wyeast kolsch that turned out great. Keep your temp under 70 and it should work pretty well if you change your mind and decide to go that route.

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:04 AM   #9
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Its usually a steady 68 degrees in the closet that I ferment room temp ales in. so I should go with the kolsch. Ill rock the same recipe for my next batch in a month with the kolsch yeast and see which one turns out better.

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:58 AM   #10
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I just tapped my "Kolschtoberfest" on Monday. Used WLP029. I am very happy with the results. Fermentation was 58 ambient with a 1.25L starter I left it on the cake for 3 weeks and did a two week cold crash. You could tighten up those times if you want it on tap sooner.

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