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Old 02-17-2013, 06:00 PM   #1
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Default Creating a house strain list.

I need some help deciding which yeasts to purchase to start a "house bank"

First question where is the best place to purchase wyeast packs? my lhbs sells white labs to I’m just ordering what he can’t get.

Second question how does this look for a choice in yeast strains.....
1) 1099 Whitbread Ale
2) 3711 French Saison
3) 3068 Weihenstephan Weizen
4) 1275 Thames Valley Ale

I'm going to be taking these and creating large starters and hopefully making my own frozen slants. Which I have recently become interested in. **dang you people for getting me more addicted to every aspect of brewing** thank you all in advance for the assistance

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Old 02-17-2013, 06:40 PM   #2
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What type of beers do you typically brew?

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Old 02-17-2013, 06:50 PM   #3
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well... I have brewed milds, IPA, cream, porter, dunkelweizen, meads, pumpkin, quads. i was looking for a wide range of possibilities. I enjoy ALL beers.

I like the strong banana esters of weizens. I love the strong chocolate character of porters and stouts. I like malty character of English ales; i've become more interested in saisons and its accompanying funk. But I also like session ales that are easy to drink. I like belgian IPAs. does that help?

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I don't think you have a yeast collection (in the US anyway) without the old Chico strain ... what is that 1056?

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IM a little confused by your response lBussy. I'm just trying to get a group of yeasts for my personal brewery. And what's the "chico" strain?

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chico strain is probably the most common neutral ale yeast. it's what sierra nevada uses and it is produced or has a very similar version put out by all the yeast producers. wyeast 1056, white labs wlp001 and us-05 dry yeast. I kept it on hand until i got a hold of some pacman which i like a little better

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I'm looking forward to trying the Pacific Ale (aka "Pacman"). Designation is WLP041 to answer the next question I guess. It's going in my next brew which will be my "comeback" batch. Only made a couple meads so far.

Chico, to add to what Jester said, is a nickname given to the yeast strain as it was isolated by the folks at the California State University at Chico - home to what was some of the first studies in fermentation sciences in the contemporary US. If a guy's gonna cultivate yeast he has to know the history.

My brewing partner is trying to keep me away from the work I used to do surrounding brewing. I had a very large yeast bank back in the day, it likely took 2-3 times more time to keep up than my brewing which was extensive all on it's own. He keeps saying "let's just brew a beer". Pshfft!

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I am currently in the process of creating a huge starter with the pacific yeast, for splitting in part of my library but I was under the impression that pacman and pacific ale were two different yeast. or is pacman just what wyeast calls their strain. also, LBussy, I looked back in the forum. I understand that you were suggesting I have "chico" in my bank. thanks for the idea.

Cyclman: I do own, and love, "Yeast" thats one reason I cant stop thinking about this project. its becoming my hobby to create and propogate yeast. I love watching the stir plate

But to bring it back to my question. with the new addition of the pacific yeast. is there any other must haves for a bank? is the list I came up with missing some, or reasonably complete? great stuff guys, keep it coming

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I'm looking forward to trying the Pacific Ale (aka "Pacman"). Designation is WLP041
I'm no expert on yeast, but I don't think WLP041 is the same thing as Pacman.
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