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Old 01-14-2011, 01:45 AM   #1
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Other than a saison with a smack pack, i have only used dry yeast, specifically s04 and s05. I am getting ready to brew my next couple of beers, a west coast ipa and a scottish strong. What are some good choices for these types? I have a hard time steering away from s04 due to that great clear beer and compact yeast cake. Is a scottish or irish yeast going to make that big a difference? How about the ipa? Isnt s05 the dry version of the 1056? Set me straight please

 
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Old 01-14-2011, 03:16 AM   #2
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As for the IPA, 1056 is the house strain from Sierra Nevada and would make an excellent American style ale. Although, as far as I know, Stone's house strain is a dry British similar to 1098 so you really can't go wrong.

 
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Old 01-14-2011, 04:29 AM   #3
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Thats kinda what i was hoping for. I would like to use my standards except for a belgium here or there. Thanks for input

 
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Old 01-14-2011, 04:39 AM   #4
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us-05 is technically the same yeast, but will not give you the same ester profile as 1056/wlp001. i personally find the latter to be cleaner, though lots of people are just as happy with 05. ymmv. try all of them and see what you think.

 
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:28 PM   #5
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I'd definitely try a British yeast for the scottish strong. You don't want something totally clean and neutral for that style like 1056.

 
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:34 PM   #6
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Personally, I'd stick with the US-05 on the IPA. I also find it a touch less clean that WLP001 but that's OK for an IPA (for me anyway). I've started using WLP001 in the Blonde I make for my wife because it's so very clean. For the Scottish, I'd try WLP028 or 041 if you're looking for something a bit different.

 
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:47 PM   #7
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Personally, I'd stick with the US-05 on the IPA. I also find it a touch less clean that WLP001 but that's OK for an IPA (for me anyway). I've started using WLP001 in the Blonde I make for my wife because it's so very clean. For the Scottish, I'd try WLP028 or 041 if you're looking for something a bit different.
So what exactly will the 28 or 41 give me over the s04? Just trying to figure if change is reallu better, or noticeable

 
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:14 AM   #8
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So what exactly will the 28 or 41 give me over the s04? Just trying to figure if change is reallu better, or noticeable
In my experience, S-04 produces some fruity esters that can mask some hop and malt complexities. 028 claims to play better to both. I don't have firsthand experience with it, but I'd definitely try it if I was trying to brew a Scottish Ale true to style. That said, if you have S-04 on-hand and it's going to be a headache to get your hands on 028, it may not be worth the trouble when it's all said and done.

 
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:22 AM   #9
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Gettimg it is ok, its is getting two vials and making a starter for $20 worth the difference over 6 bucks of dry yeast on a heavy (1.09) beer (im a cheap bastard)

 
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:38 PM   #10
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Why not buy one vial, step up starter, and slant a little so you never have to buy it again? That's being cheap, getting something for nothing.

 
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