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Old 01-30-2009, 10:15 PM   #1
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Default Magic Hat #9 from Austin Homebrew Supply

I am going to order my extract kit tonight from AHS but I can't decide on the best yeast to pick. My choices are:
White Labs English Ale WLP002
or
Wyeast London ESb 1868
or
Danstar Windsor Dry Yeast

Has anyone brewed this, or can anyone recommend the best yeast to use?

Also should I get the fuel? I have plenty of time before I am going to drink it, but if it makes it that much better or clearer I guess I will buy it.

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Old 01-31-2009, 12:46 AM   #2
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I would go with either one of the liquid strains, they are both fine products that produce great beer. I have no problem using dry yeast, I use dry most times myself, I just don't like windsor. Safale S-04 would be my choice of dry yeast.
As for the fuel, I have never used it with any brews, and I have always been happy with how they turn out. I know others that swear by it. Maybe try it this time and not next time and see how you feel about it.

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BYO has a clone that says to use WYEAST British Ale II 1335, which is what I used and am enjoying right now.

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BYO has a clone that says to use WYEAST British Ale II 1335, which is what I used and am enjoying right now.
Sounds good, but that isn't an option with the kit they have. Did you buy the kit or make your own clone?
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They still have that yeast though. You could always just select the "None" option for yeast and then add the 1335 manually if you wanted to. It will work out to the exact same price.

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Sounds good, but that isn't an option with the kit they have. Did you buy the kit or make your own clone?
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FYI I used Wyeast London ESb 1868 and it came out just fine. It is a close match to #9 but not exact. The color was spot on(which I was suprised) the taste was slightly off, but tasted great anyway.

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I am going to order my extract kit tonight from AHS but I can't decide on the best yeast to pick. My choices are:
White Labs English Ale WLP002
or
Wyeast London ESb 1868
or
Danstar Windsor Dry Yeast

Has anyone brewed this, or can anyone recommend the best yeast to use?

Also should I get the fuel? I have plenty of time before I am going to drink it, but if it makes it that much better or clearer I guess I will buy it.

I have this kit bottled right now. I did half the batch with the apricot extract and half without. This saturday will be 3 weeks and I plan on trying one.

I used 1335 with mine w/fuel. Keep us posted, we'll have to compare notes.
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I did all of it with the apricot extract. I think maybe adding all the extract was a bit too much, that might explain the taste...

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I did all of it with the apricot extract. I think maybe adding all the extract was a bit too much, that might explain the taste...
From my experience, that fruit extract flavor fades quickly. I did a cherry wheat w/cherry extract, probably 2 months ago. The flavor is still there but nowhere near as noticeable as it used to be. Great beer either way.
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