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Old 06-13-2011, 02:34 PM   #1
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Good day to all you fellow homebrewers. I am planning on brewing a Cream Ale this weekend and would like to know if there is a good alternative the WLP080 for Cream Ales.

The recipe looks like this:
8 lb two-row
1 lb vienna
1 lb honey malt
0.5 lb CaraPils
0.5 lb flaked barley
1 lb flaked corn

0.75 oz saaz @ 60 min
0.5 oz saaz @ 5 min

WLP080 yeast (or variant)

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WLP 001 or WLP 029 will work very well. I wouldn't be surprised if those strains are part of the WLP 080 blend.



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I've used WLP028 (Edinburgh) to good affect with cream ales, its a good everyday strain. Fermented cool, it has a pretty clean flavor profile.

And US-05 would be my choice in dry yeasts.

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Thanks for the fast replies. I was going to ferment this right around 60-65 degree range. I have used kolsch before but don"t have the means of cold crashing it; lager yeast would be a no go. I was hoping for either a dry variant or something from Wyeast. My homebrew store doesn't carry WLP on a regular basis. which is the main concern as I want to (have limited time) brew this weekend.
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Thanks for the fast replies. I was going to ferment this right around 60-65 degree range. I have used kolsch before but don"t have the means of cold crashing it; lager yeast would be a no go. I was hoping for either a dry variant or something from Wyeast. My homebrew store doesn't carry WLP on a regular basis. which is the main concern as I want to (have limited time) brew this weekend.
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1056 (Wyeast) and US-05 (Fermentis, dry) are derived from the same strain as WLP 001.
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Lots of great options. Thanks a lot people! Now I can really RDWHAHB!!

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I would probably go with us-05 or 1056. I'm using wlp080 right now on a seudo lager, and it throws off some sulfer. Apparently it is a blend of a few of their neutral ale yeast along with the california common lager yeast.

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I am leaning towards the 1056 and see how that goes. It looks like I wanted to stay away from the wlp080 if it throws off some sulfer. I tried using the 2565 Kolsch and didn't like the way it came out, I would have liked it better if I had the means on cold crashing it. I'll have to work on getting a tub to hold water and ice so I can crash it if I use yeast that is like an ale/lager mix. I have 2 jars of washed kolsch yeast from about 7 months ago, it might still be good.

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WY 1056 will work fine for a cream ale, but I REALLY like WLP080. My last couple cream ales I have used WLP001 because I have a lot of washed jars of it from previous batches, and although the beer is alright, I really prefer the 080. It makes for a more crisp, lager-like beer. Several people have sworn that the cream ale I made with it was a lager. It does give off some sulfur smells during the first few days of fermentation, but it goes away fast. After doing a side-by-side comparison of the same cream ale recipe with 001 in one and 080 in the other, I think I will be using 080 from now on.

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What temp should you ferment WLP080 at? I was planning around 66 to 68.



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