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Old 10-26-2009, 07:50 PM   #1
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Default SafALe-04, liquid Irish ale yeast or whitbred

So I am looking to do a DC stout. I originally only brewed with dry yeasts, then switched to liquid based off my LHBS's recommendation.

For a DC stout what would be the best yeast to use? I plan on incorporating vanilla beans, and blackberry puree also.


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Old 10-26-2009, 08:15 PM   #2
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Never heard of a "DC" stout before... but, if you are planning on adding fruit and spices (vanilla) to the beer, you would probably want a clean fermenting yeast as to not muddle the spice/fruit flavors. I make a cherry dry stout with US-05 and that turns out great.

However, I would probably use the s-04 or whitbread yeast (same thing really) and ferment it on the cool side (65-68'). Wy1084 is a good yeast, though it can under attenuate and throw off significant esters.


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Old 10-26-2009, 08:20 PM   #3
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So I am looking to do a DC stout. I originally only brewed with dry yeasts, then switched to liquid based off my LHBS's recommendation.

For a DC stout what would be the best yeast to use? I plan on incorporating vanilla beans, and blackberry puree also.
Why'd you switch from dry to liquid? I fear your LHBS might have recommended it because it makes more money that way. Mine suggests liquid yet I rarely use it.

As for your beer, I'm doing much the same thing next week (minus the blackberry) and going with s-04.
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:25 PM   #4
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dc = double chocolate
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Old 10-26-2009, 08:35 PM   #5
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s-05 or s-04 for the win they both work great.
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I vote for WLP007/whitbread. I'm biased though, I like the liquid cultures more.
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my vote is s04, it will help you get a clear beer and compact yeast cake, I only used liquid yeast when I am trying to get specialy yeast flavors like those found in Belgian dubbels or Witbiers. Plus s04 seems to be pretty well behaved yeast and finishes fast.


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