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Old 09-03-2010, 12:47 PM   #1
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Default Yeast choice for next brew

Hey guys,

I'm planning my next brew and am aiming for a hefty winter-warmer recipe which was originally based on a Hobgoblin recipe.

I'm planning on the following:

Pale 2 row 89%
Crystal 55L (dark) 5%
Cara-pils Dextrine Malt 4%
Chocolate Malt (dark) 3%

I am looking for around 1.076 OG and will hop with roughly equal portions of Target/Northdown/Challenger.

Now, my options for yeast (based on what I have ready to go at the moment) are S04 or Wyeast 1968. Which of these should I go with?

I should add at this stage that I have only 3-4 brews under my belt.
I have used S04 a couple of times successfully.
I only used Wyeast 1968 for the first time in my last brew so I don't yet know if I trust it [begin sub-story!]. I used it in a London Pride recipe 5 weeks ago. After 1 week in primary it had fermented about half way down from 1.045 and the sample tasted really good - really forward malt flavours. I roused it and left it in primary for 4.5 weeks then bottled last night. However, at bottling it only made it down to 1.022 and the lovely malt flavours have been replaced by a more nail-varnishy smell. I'm fairly sure it isn't infected and the flavours will change as it conditions, however, the poor attenuation makes me worried about using the yeast for a higher gravity beer? Or perhaps my extreme temperature loss during mash just meant I had a higher % of unfermentables and the yeast did it's job fine?


Anyway, I guess my questions are:

1) In ideal brewing conditions, which yeast would be better for this beer (what would be the likely differences in flavour)?

2) Does using Wyeast 1968 represent a more risky option given my very new and unrefined techniques of brewing?!


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Old 09-03-2010, 01:09 PM   #2
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1968 Isnt as forgiving as S04 if you cant reliably control your temps. 1968 can create alot more ester tastes if its too hot. Thats my only comment on it.

Got a nice constant coolish (not lagering) temp basement you can use?


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Old 09-03-2010, 01:17 PM   #3
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I have a reasonably cool basement, but the temperature does have a tendency to fluctuate when SWMBO goes on a tumble-drying rampage!

I'm sure the answer will be more clear when I taste the 1968 brew in a couple of months time, but I can't afford to let the pipeline slip in the meantime!

So, that looks like 1 vote for S04 for safety
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Tumble drying! AGH!

Same issue here, got a under ground level wash room, window just a few inchs high at the top, would be perfect to brew in excpet for the tumbler raising the temp from 50-90 degrees in the space of 20 minutes.

And yeah, that will be a kick in the balls for the 1968 (and none to healthy for the S04 either)
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