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Old 11-15-2011, 02:32 AM   #1
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I ferment in my basement which provides me with a minimally fluctuating temperature. Depending on the time of year this is good with a consistent 62-65 spring, 64-68 summer, 62-65 fall... but 55-64 winter (unless its been snowing for a while). My stick on "fermometer" says that 58-62 (pretty much where I hover at in the winter) is right between both lager and ale yeasts. My question is if there is a yeast out there "perfect" for these temps and ok if it happens to drop a bit lower? I have used S-05 which had some trouble and just pitched a WYEAST 1098 smack pack on saturday.

I would like to invest into a little bit of temp control but I really just can't right now.

On a side note but on topic, does anyone have a link to a good yeast spec site or yeast database site?



 
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:37 AM   #2
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I have never personally used it, but Cry Havoc can be used at both ale and lager temps, that is about all i know about it

http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/strains_wlp862.html


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Old 11-15-2011, 02:42 AM   #3
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Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale! It's a work horse. High ABV tolerance, good flocculation, and a wide temp range: 55-75F. I have personally used it down to about 60F with no problems, so I would say it's a good bet. It's fairly neutral too, so you can use it for a wide variety of styles.

A Kolsch or a Cal Common yeast would work good at those lower temps, too.

 
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:08 AM   #4
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im in similar situation so i asked around a bit and for now i will use us-05 for December-March i would use california lager strain

 
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:12 AM   #5
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55-60 is perfect for kolsch http://www.wyeastlab.com/hb_yeaststr...ail.cfm?ID=144
http://www.wyeastlab.com/hb_yeaststrain.cfm

 
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:42 AM   #6
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Thank you all!!

Some of these yeasts are exactly what I'm looking for. I think I will pick one or two and finally start yeast washing and propogating.

 
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:49 AM   #7
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Pacman yeast (Wyeast) is great in that temperature range.

 
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Old 11-15-2011, 07:17 AM   #8
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Notty should be in range too down to 54
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:37 PM   #9
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California Lager (the Anchor Steam strain), is a lager strain that likes the high 50's. Kolsch yeast would be another great option.

California Ale yeast (Chico) can do 58*, but only if the temps are stable. Drop much colder than that, and they quit working.



 
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