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Old 08-16-2011, 11:53 PM   #1
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Default Ale yeast for steam beer?

Got am brewing a California Common steam beer style kit from true brew. It came with a fermentis Saflager s-23 yeast.

I don't have the space to lager. Can I use an ale yeast from wyeast?

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Old 08-16-2011, 11:54 PM   #2
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Got am brewing a California Common steam beer style kit from true brew. It came with a fermentis Saflager s-23 yeast.

I don't have the space to lager. Can I use an ale yeast from wyeast?

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You can. Now go forth and make great beer dammit!
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use the SF Lager Hybrid yeast

wlp810 or Wyeast 2112

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It will be different, but I'm sure it will be good.

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Yes, of course you can. But it won't be a steam beer since a steam beer is a lager fermented at ale temperatures, with lager yeast.

A steam beer with ale yeast is more like an American amber.

If you use Wyeast 2112, ferment in the mid 60s, and then cold condition if you can, that will be a steam beer.

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Cool, then I'll just use the yeast that came with it. I sent out the SOS because I bought the Wyeast pack for a different beer, and when I was carrying all my crap into the apartment, the Wyeast pack fell, and apparently hit the ground hard enough to smack the nutrient pack. So I thought I could just use that.

But, I'll consider that a $5 loss and go to the LHBS tomorrow for another. I'm sure he's sick of me going in there! I've always got a question or some money burning a hole in my pocket

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Cool, then I'll just use the yeast that came with it. I sent out the SOS because I bought the Wyeast pack for a different beer, and when I was carrying all my crap into the apartment, the Wyeast pack fell, and apparently hit the ground hard enough to smack the nutrient pack. So I thought I could just use that.

But, I'll consider that a $5 loss and go to the LHBS tomorrow for another. I'm sure he's sick of me going in there! I've always got a question or some money burning a hole in my pocket
Your Wyeast pack is fine. Just put it in the fridge. It'll be fine when you want to use it. Just make a starter (like you should anytime you use liquid yeast anyway) to ensure viability.
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If you're not willing to spend the extra few dollars on 2112, use the S-23. Ferment it in the low-mid 60's and then you can actually call it a steam beer.

Basically, what Yooper said

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Thank Yooper! You've been a tremendous help the last few days (and long before that indirectly).

Per your suggestion in another thread I started, I am cold crashing my cream ale. Here's my fridge. It's not my beer fridge. Lol. Don't have one of those yet. This is my food fridge!

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If you're not willing to spend the extra few dollars on 2112, use the S-23. Ferment it in the low-mid 60's and then you can actually call it a steam beer.

Basically, what Yooper said
Thank you. I asked about the 2112 but they were out. I was planning on using the s-23 but didn't want to waste the smack pack
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