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Old 11-17-2009, 08:23 PM   #11
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Oberon is seasonal
Yeah. Thats a big bummer.

But next summer I'll have to give this a try.
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Old 11-17-2009, 08:26 PM   #12
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I was told that Oberon fermentations produce a massive quantity of yeast and that that yeast is washed and used for fermenting other batches, specifically Two Hearted, which destroys yeast due to the hopping. I believe Oberon is brewed year round now and has been for a year or two. I could b wrong about that though, or maybe that was the plan for the future. I cannot quite remember.

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I was told that Oberon fermentations produce a massive quantity of yeast and that that yeast is washed and used for fermenting other batches, specifically Two Hearted, which destroys yeast due to the hopping. I believe Oberon is brewed year round now and has been for a year or two. I could b wrong about that though, or maybe that was the plan for the future. I cannot quite remember.
Depends on the state actually: http://www.bellsbeer.com/brands/info/11/oberon_ale

So you're right. It is brewed year round, just not offered year round everywhere.
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Also, reps don't always know everything about the production, but Paul is pretty savvy and seems like he knew what was up.

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I'll definitely be culturing up from a Sierra Nevada bottle, but I'd also like to try something made with American Ale 2. Has anybody confirmed that this is the strain that Bell's uses? I don't really want to culture up from Bell's if they use 1056.
1056/001/US05 is the Sierra Nevada strain.
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1056/001/US05 is the Sierra Nevada strain.
Right, that's why I wouldn't want to culture both if they use the same.

Thanks to everyone for all the responses. A little discouraged now because I feel like I need to ferment with 1056, 1272, AND Bell's yeast. Maybe I'll just leave out the 1968 ESB and make this an all-American comparison. Shock and awe, baby.

I'll probably get the Bell's from their Amber since most of their other beers are more extreme. That's crazy about Oberon using the same yeast, but a great lesson to homebrewers out there who don't practice fermentation temp control. I can't believe it's the same yeast.
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Hell Hath No Fury 78
Two Hearted 76
Winter White 74
Ales 72
Lagers 48-50
That the ale yeast is fermented at such high temps with good results means I might need to harvest it for use next summer. And its the same stuff used in Oberon? Pretty versatile. I wonder how low it'll go . . .
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I havn't had their no fury but 20 bucks says that they use a different yeast for their third coast old ale and their expedition stout. It had the exact same fruity aroma and flavor.

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I'll probably get the Bell's from their Amber since most of their other beers are more extreme. That's crazy about Oberon using the same yeast, but a great lesson to homebrewers out there who don't practice fermentation temp control. I can't believe it's the same yeast.
I've had good success culturing from Bells Amber. Less so with two hearted.
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That the ale yeast is fermented at such high temps with good results means I might need to harvest it for use next summer. And its the same stuff used in Oberon? Pretty versatile. I wonder how low it'll go . . .
It's worth a shot. Just remember that they have a lab that guarentees peak viability and vitality, have their pitch rates dialed in and keeps those temps perfectly consistant. So even if you hit those same temps it could result in a totally different beer, who knows what kind of shape that yeast is out of that bottle.
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