Posted a similar but less researched question 2 weeks ago so apologize for 2 similar posts. have been looking at dry lager yeast. I have used saflager before with good results. Have my Yuengling lager clone fermenting now at 52 F with this. Have not used brewferm lager yeast yet. I have a packet of each and have 2 lagers I am going to brew over the next few weeks one is a light American the other is an American pilsner not sure which to use with what beer or just pitch one onto the cake from the other and save the second packet.
Norther brewer describes brewferm (Belgian yeast) as A dry lager yeast. Flocculation: high. Attenuation: high. Ferments clean and malty. Optimum temp: 50°-59° F. but this site http://www.onebeer.net/yeaststrains_lager.html
says Develops Witbeer aromas like banana and clove. to me these are completely different descriptions and am not sure which is correct. if it does have witbeer like aroma/flavor these are definitely not the beers for this and I will use the saflager. safale US-05 may even be better. One online shop says it is for strong lagers maybe I'll save it for a bock or an irish red lager
Northern brewer describes saflager S-23 as S-23 is a genuine German style dried lager yeast, developing the best of its lager notes under low-temperature fermentation (50-57° F). Good flocculation with excellent attenuation. the catalog describes as "develops fruity and estery lager notes at 50-57 F yet produces very good lager and pilsner at 61-68 F"
can anyone who has used both give an opinion on the characteristics of each or if someone has used the brewferm can you give an opinion? would greatly appreciate it. would rather save the packet and use where appropriate than ruin a whole batch