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Old 02-12-2012, 01:55 AM   #1
Jan 2012
Fort Worth, Tx
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I have a lager kit for Dortmunder but I am not prepared to use lager yeast yet in my home brew career. I need to find a strain of ale yeast to substitute for the lager yeast. can someone recommend a good ale strain for the following recipe?

6 oz. Caramel 30L
8 oz. Carapils

3.3 lb. Munich LME
3.3 lb Light LME

1 oz. Bittering
5 oz. Flavoring
.25 oz Aroma

OG: 1.050-1.054
FG: 1.011-1.015

Thanks for the help.

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Old 02-12-2012, 02:02 AM   #2
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Apr 2011
Jasper, IN
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I have no idea how it would turn out, but you may want to try Wyeast 2112. It is a lager yeast that can withstand higher "ale like" fermentation temps. It may be an option for you.

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Old 02-12-2012, 02:04 AM   #3
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You need one the clean Ale yeasts that can produce lager like beers around 60-68 fermentation temps. Try california ale yeast or Nottingham.

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Old 02-12-2012, 02:21 AM   #4
Oct 2011
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Saflager S23 works fine at 60F if you want to go that route.
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Old 02-12-2012, 03:54 AM   #5
May 2010
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Add S-33 to the list.

Last time I started a cider with it, then put the trub and cake in the fridge... forgot to wash it.

Well guess what, It continued to ferment there... at 4 degress celcius!?!

It's now happily bubbling in a second batch, this one cold-conditionned. Yay for mutants!

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Old 02-12-2012, 04:53 AM   #6
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IMO, all of those choices mentioned make a beer that's too fruity. My go to yeast for pseudo lagers is WY1007. FWIW, with all that Munich and carapils you won't really be in the Dort ballpark.
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