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Old 02-20-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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Default Cleanest ale yeast.

I have used a couple of different ale yeasts over the past year or so. Safeale 05, wyeast 1056 and wyeast 1272.

My question is which of the common yeasts do you think offers the cleanest flavor?

Which yeast is best as a house strain to use in pale ale, IPA, Stout and Ambers?

I like only having to keep on house yeast for simplicity.


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Old 02-20-2012, 05:48 PM   #2
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i think the 05/1056 is pretty clean. i like 1272 a lot, but it's a bit fruity.


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I find that most ale yeast, outside of hefe and belgian strains, have the potential to be very, very clean given appropriate pitching rates and fermentation temperatures. You can usually ferment an ale yeast cooler then reccomonded if you slightly overpitch and oxygenate well , Rogue has made a living doing this with pacman.

That being said, I recently fermented wyeast 1007, German Ale, at 55-58 degrees and this was the cleanest ale fermentation profile I have ever experienced.

However, it is widely regarded that 001/1056 is about as clean as ale yeast gets.
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I am pretty familiar with 1272, it is nice because I get great clarity. I have used 1056 but that was before I understood proper pitching rates, so I probably have an unfair bias against it. I am really curious about the "california ale," "northwest ale" "denny's favorite" and "pacman."

It is convenient for me to ferment at 64 degrees in winter and 68 degrees in summer. Think that is cool enough?
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It is convenient for me to ferment at 64 degrees in winter and 68 degrees in summer. Think that is cool enough?
64's great, 68, well try to stay in the mid 60's but it should be fine, especially with yeast like 05/001/1056. 1272 gets fruitier as it gets warmer, it's nice up to 68-70ish, but i like it cooler, like 62, still fruity, but lets the hops come thru, IMO.
Pacman and Bell's yeast are nice too. Pacman's really, really clean at low temps, and can tolerate temps in the 50s. Bell's is a lot like 1272, a bit fruity, but clean. also like 1272, it can be slow to drop out, but it will make a bright beer when it does drop.
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Bell's bar none but you'll have to get a bottle culture. Pacman next. Chico strain third. Denny's Favorite 50 is also damn clean with a really interesting mouthfeel.
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the new White Labs SD Super Yeast is very clean wlp090
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Hmm, I have a few bottles from Bell's now, maybe I will save the dregs from some of those to get myself a culture going.
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I got an awesome harvest from 3 bottles of Bell's Amber.


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