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Old 01-15-2010, 09:12 PM   #1
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I purchased a Brewers Best English Brown Ale kit and I hoping to brew this weekend. The yeast that was included is a Coopers 7g. I turned the package and noticed that it expired in 09. I know we are only technically, a few weeks past but I'm not sure I want to risk a batch with dead yeast. I have an extra package of Safale s-04 left over from my last batch of cider a couple weeks ago. Would this be an appropriate substitute?


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S04 is not a close substitute for Cooper's, but I think it will be much better in your recipe. Go for it.


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Anything is better than coopers... bad experiences with that one.
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Anything is better than coopers... bad experiences with that one.
I had one of my worst beers on coopers, pitched onto the cake from that beer, aged 4 months, and had one of my best beers.
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I am a bit concerned because I have read that Safale-04 can leave a fruity taste.
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I am a bit concerned because I have read that Safale-04 can leave a fruity taste.
Never noticed that. I used it S-04 on a Porter with very nice results. I would not hesitate using S-04 if I was brewing a brown. Keep the temp around 68 or less and you should be good.

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Thank you everyone who answered, you convinced me!


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