Originally Posted by WDT
Ok, so I'm an IPA fan and still new to the game. I recently brewed a Stone ruination clone, a dogfish head 90 clone, and used S-04 for both of them. Double pitched 2 packets. The dogfish head has a weird aftertaste and so does the ruination. I just tapped my keg of pliny the elder (s-05) and it is fan freaking tastic. So I know it's not my process.
The only mishap I had was the ruination had stalled out at 1.29 and I added energizer and let it warm up to 70 from about 62 (i know too cold). I hit my target FG, no prob after that.
Is there a sweet spot for this yeast? I have 3 more packs that I don't know what to do with because I'm convinced this yeast isn't for me.
S-04 isn't for everyone. It tends to develop a kind of bready tartness, both in the aroma and flavour, along with unique esters if fermented too warm or if pitched too warm: it's one yeast where I pitch below fermentation temperature. Some even describe the tartness as akin to that of plain yogurt. I got that once, when I pitched at 70F and used a swamp cooler.
Be aware though that even when it is fermented low, it tends to be bready. It's very often described as neutral, but I don't get neutral at all from it.
I personally like it a lot, even for bitters, but I do like biscuity/bready in my beers. If you're looking more for a neutral yeast that won't brand your beer with its signature taste, US-05 is though to beat as you saw.