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Old 10-14-2009, 10:13 PM   #1
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Default Dopplebock with ale yeast?

Hi all, several days ago I posted a question about my liquid lager yeast and my AG dopplebock. I know I underpitched my yeast quite significantly, but I hoped that after a good bit of lag time (3-4 days) the yeast would take off. Well I saw some minor airlock activity (bubbles 2-3 times a minute), but then things just stopped......dead quiet in that carboy. I think my yeast wasn't viable enough to handle the brew. So my question is: Has anyone tried an ale yeast in a dopplebock? I have WL english ale yeast starter and I feel it's the only way to salvage that high gravity goodness (og 1.080). I've read about Sticke Altbier; that seems to be the closest thing to my dopplebock ingredients and uses an ale yeast. Any thoughts? Thanks

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Old 10-15-2009, 12:03 AM   #2
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I've done an Oktoberfest with Kolsch yeast and it was OK. I fermented at 60 degrees and had to lager for about 2 months before it was any good. Still isn't as good as a prior one I made with lager yeast.

I would not advise using an English Ale yeast as there would likely be way too many esters and not enough attenuation for that style. With a 1080 beer you need it to attenuate well or else it will be too sweet.
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If you don't come up with anything else, try some Belgian Abbey Ale yeast and go for a big, malty Dubbel.

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