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Old 02-19-2010, 10:27 PM   #1
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Went to my lhbs today, but he was closed due to illness. So I ended up driving to the next closest shop and they didn't have any liquid yeast which is all I ever used before. He gave me safale s 04. I'm brewing a Scottish ale. Anyone know is this is a good yeast for it? And do I need to do anything else to it orjust put yeast in bucket?

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Old 02-19-2010, 10:47 PM   #2
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It's as close as you can get without using liquid. Just sprinkle it in. Some rehydrate first but I've always just sprinkled it in with no problems.

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Old 02-19-2010, 11:00 PM   #3
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Try to ferment it somewhere between 60-64. Scottish ales typically are very clean and S-04 will throw esters, especially if you get any higher.

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Old 02-19-2010, 11:32 PM   #4
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Try to ferment it somewhere between 60-64. Scottish ales typically are very clean and S-04 will throw esters, especially if you get any higher.
Yeah he's right, according to Palmer and Zainasheff (Brewing Clasic Styles) US-05 would have been the better choice for dry yeast.
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Old 02-20-2010, 10:55 AM   #5
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I agree with JustLooking that S05 finishes much cleaner but you should be good if you keep it on the cooler end of the fermentation temps.

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Old 02-20-2010, 12:08 PM   #6
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'04 is less attenuative and as a result can be a good choice for a malty profile beer like a Scottish.

AS said, keep it in the low-mid 60's, especially the first 5-6 days of active fermentation.

I like to rehydrate my yeast by sprinkling into a cup of luke warm water before I start the brew session.

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'04 is less attenuative and as a result can be a good choice for a malty profile beer like a Scottish.
That'll teach me to believe everything that I read. Brewing Classic Styles may be missing something here. The BJCP guidelines say, "Clean un-attentuative ale yeast." US-05 may be the the cleaner of the two, but its attentuation can be high. S-04 is a good choice. Be sure not to mash too low.
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Old 02-20-2010, 12:54 PM   #8
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I like S-04 too.

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From Northern Brewer- A well-known English ale yeast, selected for its fast fermentation character and its ability to form a very compact sediment at the end of the fermentation, helping to improve beer clarity. This yeast is recommended for the production of a large range of ale beers and is specially well adapted to cask-conditioned ales and fermentation in cylindroconical tanks. High sedimentation. Optimum temp: 64°-75° F
More info from fermentus about S-04; http://www.fermentis.com/FO/pdf/HB/EN/Safale_S-04_HB.pdf
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