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STLRAB 01-31-2013 02:57 AM

Yeast types
 
I just brewed and bottled my first two batches of beer using Mr. Beer barrells and modified MB recipes which are below. I used the MB yeast that came with the HME. I am going to brew to more batches of the same but want to use different yeast to see the difference in taste if any. Want to use dry yeast since I am an FNG to brewing. Any suggestions?

LB OktoBier Fest
1 can MB Oktoberfest HME
20 oz. Bavarian Wheat DME *
oz. Hallertau pellet hops*

LB Bavarian Bronze
1 can MB Oktoberfest HME
1 lb Golden Light DME*
1 Full pouch MB Booster
oz Hallertau pellet hops*

Thanks in advance

LouieMacGoo 01-31-2013 03:08 AM

I've used both of these yeasts in Mr. Beer and was really happy with the results.

Safale S-04:*A well known English ale strain noted for its fast fermentation and rapid settling. Used in the production of a wide range of ales including English ale styles. Available in 11.5g sachets. Info Sheet*Safale_S-04_HB
Safale US-05:*Ready-to-pitch American ale yeast for well balanced beers with low diacetyl and a very crisp end palate. Available in 11.5g sachets. Info Sheet*Safale_US-05_HB

aryoung1980 01-31-2013 03:13 AM

S-23 would be a good choice for an Oktoberfest

STLRAB 02-01-2013 04:06 AM

Thank you for the info. I'm obviously very new to brewing and appreciate all the info I can get. I think I'm going to go with the Safale S05 or S23. With me using the MB barrel which is only 2 - 2.5 gallons do I use the entire pac or just half since most recipes are for 5 gallons?

LouieMacGoo 02-01-2013 11:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by STLRAB
Thank you for the info. I'm obviously very new to brewing and appreciate all the info I can get. I think I'm going to go with the Safale S05 or S23. With me using the MB barrel which is only 2 - 2.5 gallons do I use the entire pac or just half since most recipes are for 5 gallons?

Yes use the whole pack. The more yeast you start with the better. Good luck!

aryoung1980 02-02-2013 12:52 AM

Well, it looks like you want to brew a lager so I would suggest the S-23 over the US-05. The US-05 is an ale strand. The S-23 is for lagers. I would pitch the whole packet also. Lagers generally need twice the yeast of an ale pitched because of the lower fermentation temperatures. I use two 11.5 gram sachets of S-23, rehydrated, when I brew 5 gallon batches.

aryoung1980 02-02-2013 12:54 AM

There is also SafLager W-34/70 you can try. It's another dry lager yeast. I used it in a Vienna last year and liked the results a lot.

F250 02-02-2013 02:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by STLRAB (Post 4851280)
Thank you for the info. I'm obviously very new to brewing and appreciate all the info I can get. I think I'm going to go with the Safale S05 or S23. With me using the MB barrel which is only 2 - 2.5 gallons do I use the entire pac or just half since most recipes are for 5 gallons?

Do you have your temp control ironed out for lagers? Do you have a fridge to use for the long lagering period? If not, you be better off brewing ales...........to a prescribed recipe.

Rick

STLRAB 02-02-2013 03:47 PM

I'm keeping the barrels in coolers in back room closet and temp held steady at 62 on both of them. That should be fine for lagers shouldn't it? Or should I get it down in the 55 range?

Thanks again all for the info.... very helpful!


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