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Old 01-20-2013, 02:32 PM   #1
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In a few months I'll be trashing my harvested yeast and buying new.

I've used WLP 001, 1272, and WLP 320, and have liked them all. All of my beers have been an American styled beer, but I'd like to make an ESB, English IPA, and maybe an Irish and Scotch ale.

For an English strain I am thinking of US-04. Maybe I won't make an Irish or Scotch ale.

Should I consider any other clean type of American yeasts or go with the ones I have? And as for the wheat yeast, I liked how it didn't have a clove/banana taste. Originally I was after 1010, but they were out.

As room is an issue I can't keep a huge variety.

What strains should I consider? I like clean, high attenuation/flocculation yeasts. I want 2 American ale, 1 American wheat yeast, 1 English yeast, and one more yeast that I'm not settled on style for.

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How about wlp 004? You could do dark beers and Irish/Scotch ales with it.

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For the British strain you might consider 1968 - Fullers. Just used it to brew a brown ale and its really nice. Pleasant fruity aroma and drops like a rock. You could use it for any beers you want a quick turn around on... The brown ale is bright, clear red/brown with a clean, smooth taste. And it attenuates much better than their docs state.

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I'll second WLP004. US-05 and S-04 are good ones. I recently did a Wit beer with T-58 and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of spice flavor it provided.

Here is how many cells to expect in a package and some information on re-hydrating:
http://woodlandbrew.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-many-cells-are-in-package.html

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It's how many fairies can dance on the head of a pin. One American, one English, one Belgian, and you'll be set. If you need a specialized yeast, you'll just have to buy it (e.g. Cali Common or Hefe).

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For Britsh ale styles WLP002, WLP007 and especially WLP005 are hard to beat. Plus they are easy to recover and keep. I just brought nearly two year old 002 and 005 back to life with great effect. I think 005 is one of the best yeasts there is.

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For Britsh ale styles WLP002, WLP007 and especially WLP005 are hard to beat. Plus they are easy to recover and keep. I just brought nearly two year old 002 and 005 back to life with great effect. I think 005 is one of the best yeasts there is.
I mostly use WLP002 but have some 005 what are the major differences?
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Nottingham absolutely needs to be in your lineup IMO!
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For an English yeast you can't beat Wyeast West Yorkshire 1469. For American styles I tend to use US-05 most often. For Belgians either WLP 550 belgian ale or WLP 568 saison blend. Lagers I like WLP 830.

As for the wheat beer yeast. If you don't like banana or clove just use a clean American yeast.

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I liked the WLP 001 I've been using. Isn't that the same strain as US-05?

A clean American wheat yeast: I liked the WLP 320. It was a sub for 1010. Similar enough?

I'm curious about T-58 due to it being a spicy yeast. I was told it was a Belgian strain, which makes me think of bubble gum... No?

US-04 Will do nicely for Irish/Scotch ales too? How does Nottingham do? Compared to US-04 for English ales?

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