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Old 03-14-2011, 04:07 PM   #1
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I was looking at the AHS dogfish 60 min IPA kit and saw that they recommended WLP002 english ale yeast. This caught my attention because I always thought IPA's were supposed to use clean fermenting yeast like WLP001. has anyone ever done a pale ale or IPA with this yeast? How was it?
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:19 PM   #2
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I've done that specific kit, and while I can't one on one compair it to one done with WLP001 I can say that beer came out delicious. It was good enough that I just brewed it a second time this past weekend. The hops are so present that I don't know how much yeast character showed up.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:20 PM   #3
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Not necassarily "clean", but surely dry. I think WLP007 would be a better choice and is used by many a commercial brewer...Stone comes to mind.
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I've done that specific kit, and while I can't one on one compair it to one done with WLP001 I can say that beer came out delicious. It was good enough that I just brewed it a second time this past weekend. The hops are so present that I don't know how much yeast character showed up.
Good to know. I decided to try the mini-mash option, which will be my first partial mash. I went ahead and went with the WLP002 yeast. Hopefully it turns out good.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:31 PM   #5
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I think DFH uses the Ringwood yeast.
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Old 03-14-2011, 07:45 PM   #6
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It all depends what style of IPA you want to brew. IPAs started in England, of course, so a flavorful English yeast with a nice ester profile would be the traditional choice. The American style uses lower ester forming yeasts (like the Chico strain) and make for a slightly different kind of beer. Use whatever you like best.
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If you are not ordering for a while, I can give you an update... My yeast starter is going and I am brewing that kit as a PM tonight.
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If you are not ordering for a while, I can give you an update... My yeast starter is going and I am brewing that kit as a PM tonight.
I already ordered, but keep me posted! I will probably be brewing mine this weekend. Which yeast did you go with?
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I went with AHS recommendation, WLP002.
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:02 PM   #10
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I just made a IIPA with 1968 (the Wyeast equivalent). It's finishing up fermentation now and kicks ass. I love this strain... so malty and rich.

I mashed low (148 for 60 mins, 155 for 30 mins) and had a 10% granulated sugar addition. It went from 1.091 to 1.018 for a whopping 80% attenuation!

I also fermented on the cool side at 63* for the first 4 days, after which I ramped up to 72*.
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