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Old 05-23-2007, 09:01 PM   #1
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Has anybody used an ale yeast in a lager recipe? Reason I ask is a friend of mine loves Haufbrau and wants me to brew a batch, but I don't have the means to do a lager. Any suggestions?

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Old 05-24-2007, 03:43 PM   #2
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I've gone the other way, used a lager yeast in an American Amber recipe. I ended up with a beer that tastes very good and actually fits rather well into the Vienna/Marzen style.

If you want to make a lager without lagering you're probably going to want to use steam beer or kolsch yeast, those two will give you a type of beer closer to what you're shooting for (Haufbrau). Probably the Kolsch will be closer, but don't leave out the cold conditioning step, it's an important one.
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Old 05-25-2007, 02:06 PM   #3
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I think you may get a similar but different beer by brewing a lager with a clean Ale yeast and keeping your temps at the low end of the range. I think Brewers Best kits including their Bock use Nottingham dry yeast. Another option might be Safale US-05, Wyeast 1056 or WLP001.

I havn't tried it as I'm not a big fan of lagers and there are plenty of ales to make first.
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