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Old 08-06-2011, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default What are good alternative 'House Strains" besides 1056/001/S-05?

I brew a wide range of beer, and harvest the yeast and go up to 10 generations generally.

I've used Pacman and 1056 with great result.

But I now wonder what other alternatives are out there that could work on a wide range of ales? Something reliable, flocs reasonably, and attenuates well.

What say?

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Old 08-06-2011, 10:58 PM   #2
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McEwan's, Nottingham, Fuller's, Whitbread....

Well, not Fuller's. It won't attenuate well.

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Old 08-06-2011, 11:01 PM   #3
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+1 for Pacman. Love it.

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Old 08-06-2011, 11:05 PM   #4
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I loved Pacman but I couldn't really see that much of a difference from 1056 to be honest.

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Old 08-06-2011, 11:29 PM   #5
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WLP007 is awesome. Very versatile. So are the Scottish strain and European ale.

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Old 08-06-2011, 11:36 PM   #6
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I've been using nottingham a lot lately. Probably going to be doing most of my ales with that from now on. For the price, and since it doesn't need a starter, I won't even recycle ale yeast, just keep a bunch of packages around.

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I loved Pacman but I couldn't really see that much of a difference from 1056 to be honest.
Biggest difference to me is a broader temperature range that it operates in. You can go very cool - down to 60 - and it's good. You can be in the mid/high-60's and still be good. I'm good for rinse and reuse, although I stop after 4th use.

This wide temperature range allows me to make most ales all year long in our basement. Now the only beers I have to ferment upstairs during cold months are some Belgians.

Also, I find it a bit more aggressive in attenuation.
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I like the Wyeast 1728/wlp028

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I buddy uses WLP028 Edinburgh Ale for all of his ales and there great. Also I know a couple guys who use wlp002 with good success.

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WLP007 is awesome. Very versatile. So are the Scottish strain and European ale.
as i understand it, Surly brewing in MN uses this strain for nearly all of their brews. IPA, brown ale, mild, Imperial stout, Imperial IPA....
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