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Old 11-28-2011, 05:01 PM   #1
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Default Best Yeast for a Wee Heavy

I would like to brew a wee heavy but am having a hard time choosing a yeast. From what I can tell a medium attenuating yeast is optimal (65-70% Range), but the strands specifically for a scotch ale are usually higher. So I guess the question is this: do you have experience on these strands and which would you suggest? Is there a strand you would suggest other than these?

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1728

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Old 11-28-2011, 09:54 PM   #2
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I brewed up a monster of a wee heavy a while back and the 1728 did a fantastic job. It was a washed cake from a heather ale I had done a few weeks prior. I was amazed at the results.

You can read my post on it here if you like. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/16-56-possible-258963/

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Old 11-28-2011, 09:58 PM   #3
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High attenuation is ok. You don't want the yeast to crap out too early. Just mash high for body. 1728 is a beast! 1968 is a very low attenuating yeast with a lower alcohol tolerance that will give you more fruity esters. I wouldn't like a fruity scotch ale.

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Old 11-28-2011, 10:55 PM   #4
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FYI, 1968 and wlp002 (Fullers) are the same strains.
1728 and wlp028 (McEwans) are the same strains as well. So this narrows it down a little.

I would use the 1728/wlp028 (McEwans) yeast as it usually does a great job simply due to the fact that there are typically more unfermentable sugars in a wee heavy than a normal ale, also the McEwans yeast was raised on scotch ale (wee heavy). The yeast tends to add a slight smokey flavor so if you don't like that you can use any cleaner english strain.

It sort of depends on your recipe though, I like to keep all my scotch/scottish ales with a simple grain bill, 2row and roasted barley.

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Old 11-29-2011, 02:59 PM   #5
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Cool. Thank you for your input.

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mine wasnt a true Wee Heavey, but it was a high grav Scotch Ale. I ended up using good ol' WPL001 California, because I needed the yeast cake for my real big imperial. I was pleasantly surprised how well it worked out. Great flavor, but not sweet.

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I think I used the 002 for mine...turned out great! Careful though...very sensitive to temperatures.

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I think I used the 002 for mine...turned out great! Careful though...very sensitive to temperatures.
What's your experience with the temperature and 002?
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I used 1728 in mine and it turned out really well. I recommend that one.

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