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Old 06-27-2011, 05:52 PM   #1
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I just bought grains and Hops to make an ESB from my local Brew shop.
They didn't have the original yeast that their recipe called for - wyeast ESB - so they gave me British Ale 1098.
Is this going to be a good substitute?
Any recommendations? Maybe a dry yeast substitute that they might have?

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Old 06-27-2011, 06:07 PM   #2
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WLP002 English Ale Yeast will do a good job for you.

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WLP002 English Ale Yeast will do a good job for you.
This looks very close to the original yeast spec.

Just wondering how much of a difference the 1098 vs the ESB strain will be on flavor. Looks like the 1098 finishes off more neutral. That is what the website says anyway.

The 1098 is a medium Flocculation vs High with the ESB Yeasts. I am still learning so I am not sure what affect this has on the final beer.
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I have had good luck using it in my IPA's. I just used it in a mild, southern, northern brown ale, as well as in a special bitters.

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Wyeast ESB is the 1968, which is equal to White Labs WLP002.

Wyeast 1098 is the equal to White Labs WLP007 (my favorite yeast).

I have used both WLP002, and WLP007, the the 007 will finish very dry. It attenuates just like the Chico strain, but finishes quickly and drops clear much faster. I also found it really benefits from a strong dose of O2.

In my experience, the temp of this yeast needs to be kept low. I pitch at 61F, and let it rise over 36 hours to a max wort temp of 65F, and I get a very clean profile. I have gone up to 67F on a dry stout, and there was much more fruit. I have gone as high as 69F, and it had far too much ester character for my taste - I would never go that warm again.

I understand that esters are a nice trait in an English beer, but this yeast is a monster and can get away from you pretty quickly.....just something to keep in mind. Ferment low (67F max), and you may have just stumbled onto your new favorite yeast.

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Wyeast ESB is the 1968, which is equal to White Labs WLP002.

Wyeast 1098 is the equal to White Labs WLP007 (my favorite yeast).

I have used both WLP002, and WLP007, the the 007 will finish very dry. It attenuates just like the Chico strain, but finishes quickly and drops clear much faster. I also found it really benefits from a strong dose of O2.

In my experience, the temp of this yeast needs to be kept low. I pitch at 61F, and let it rise over 36 hours to a max wort temp of 65F, and I get a very clean profile. I have gone up to 67F on a dry stout, and there was much more fruit. I have gone as high as 69F, and it had far too much ester character for my taste - I would never go that warm again.

I understand that esters are a nice trait in an English beer, but this yeast is a monster and can get away from you pretty quickly.....just something to keep in mind. Ferment low (67F max), and you may have just stumbled onto your new favorite yeast.

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Very cool. Thank you for the info.
Luckily my room in the basement stays at 62 and I use a small heater to keep the temps at what I need. I will try the low the low temps and see how it turns out.
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S-04 is a dry yeast that makes very nice English ales.

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