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Old 09-12-2011, 12:46 PM   #21
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Well, I pitched the Sterling I had left into a Vanilla porter I brewed late Sat. night/early Sunday morning, and there is already some krausen formed and airlock activity as of this morning (~ 30 hours later). Looks like I had a couple of bad packets the first time.

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Old 10-27-2011, 11:30 PM   #22
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I took a chance on Sterling on my last brew. I was making an Irish Red and chose the yeast since it appeared to be a general ale yeast. I rehydrated it prior to pitching but it still seemed a bit slow. Though when it did begin, it seemed to go pretty good. I opened the first bottle a few days ago and it had a good head to it. Maybe I had some good packs, but it worked pretty good for me.

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Old 01-18-2012, 06:08 PM   #23
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anyone else use this yeast, i was wondering if the flavor profile and performence was comparable to WLP 007/ Wyeast 1098

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Old 01-20-2012, 07:15 PM   #24
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I just pitched this yeast in a midnight wheat stout PM batch from AHS on Monday afternoon I kept the temps at around 64*f and didn't see much action for about 2 days then I got a very small Krausen and a little airlock activity for about 5 hours and then nothing... I think I'll stay away from this yeast from now on, I just hope the beer turns out ok.

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Old 01-20-2012, 07:35 PM   #25
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Rehydration of dry yeast will show viability, it should get creamy within ~ 15 - 30 minutes. This is another good reason to rehydrate, vs just dumping it in and hoping.

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Old 03-20-2012, 03:21 PM   #26
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I just pitched this yeast in a midnight wheat stout PM batch from AHS on Monday afternoon I kept the temps at around 64*f and didn't see much action for about 2 days then I got a very small Krausen and a little airlock activity for about 5 hours and then nothing... I think I'll stay away from this yeast from now on, I just hope the beer turns out ok.

I am brewing the same recipe, I brewed it on Sunday and dumped it on the yeast cake from previous brew that had Sterling. Monday morning at 5am it was burping like crazy, I see krausen and its going strong.

How did your brew turn out? Do you feel that 64F was a good temp or do you think it would be better at lower temp?
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:42 PM   #27
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This midnight wheat turned out ok, I think my temps were a little low if I used it again I would keep it in the higher 60's.

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Old 06-14-2012, 08:45 PM   #28
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I ordered this yeast on a whim and gave it a test with an extract batch I was trying. The recipe is a very pale ale, lots of easy fermantables like rice syrup solids.

I pitched a whole packet into 3.5 gal. Took off like crazy in 2.5 hours (~74F). Next day it was done, visually at least. I waited 3 days, then added a clarifier, since it did not flocculate at all. Maybe this was too soon. Tested it two weeks later and it was still at 1.020, from an OG of 1.058. Taste was obviously sweet but pretty clean. I'm pitching notty now to see if it can take it lower. Based on my experience (stuck ferm) I'm not sure I would use it again, although maybe you can blame me for adding a clarifier too soon.

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Old 11-14-2014, 12:20 AM   #29
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REVIVAL ..... just bringing this back to life because I seen this yeast for the first time in a Brew Canada Red Beer kit I picked up to fill an empty keg for the holidays. I just pitched the thing in the bucket, fingers crossed, lets see if this yeast has gotten any better. Anyone else have any more recent experience with this yeast?

Edit: Checked it this morning and it was vigorously bubbling away. Now to wait to see how it attenuates, how well it clears, and most importantly how it tastes.

Post ferment edit: Went from 1.050 to 1.015 giving an attenuation of roughly 70% from what I can tell. Going to keg and see how it tastes. So far so good, it did well for an all extract and sugar recipe.

Tasting edit: Prob should have let it ferment for another week to see if it would drop a few more points, which it prob would due to the amount of yeast that was still in suspension. Beer has a bit of a sweet caramel taste to it and is actually pretty good, just couldn't drink 6 in a row. Yeast is very clean with little to no observed taste.

Final verdict: I would definitely use this yeast again, really glad I didn't chuck it and gave it a go, kind of wishing I had of actually saved some instead of pouring it down the drain when cleaning the fermenter. Who knows maybe in it's early days they were not taking care when shipping storing and all that good stuff. Worked well for me, hope this review helps anyone who stumbles upon this yeast in the future.

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