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Old 12-10-2012, 11:52 PM   #1
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FYI: I contacted Sierra Nevada and asked whether their Celebration Ale is bottle conditioned. I was told, in response, that it is bottle conditioned and that they use a is a different yeast strain in their Celebration Ale from their Pale Ale. Although the answers were not under oath, it seems pretty reliable, as there seems to be lacking any motive to lie.

Anyway, though y'all might be interested.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:24 AM   #2
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Did you ask them what yeast they did use in Celebration? The clone I made used Safale-05 and it turned out pretty good.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:44 AM   #3
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I have a sixer of celebration in in fridge and none of the bottles have any sediment. And their pale ale is not bottle conditioned either, they do can condition though.

*Edit ... I do recall 24oz bottles of their pale ale with sediment, but never a a six pack.

 
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:52 AM   #4
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I have a sixer of celebration in in fridge and none of the bottles have any sediment. And their pale ale is not bottle conditioned either, they do can condition though.
AFAIK their pale ale is bottle-conditioned. Mine always have a thin layer of sediment on the bottom. I heard they filter the beer, then add a carefully controlled amount of yeast back in with the priming sugar.

 
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:02 AM   #5
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The celebration ale is most certainly bottle conditioned. I have some in a starter right now. I had 4 bottles the other night and decided to harvest the yeast for fun (and practice ...... I know it's basically S-05!) and it started right up.

Their Pale ale (sold in bottles) is bottled conditioned too.

I would be surprised to find the yeast I harvested was not their signature Chico strain. Doesn't make sense having a second strain on the premises that could potentially contaminate the main batch if it was not necessary.

If anyone else knows anything, please chime in.

 
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:06 AM   #6
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I wouldn't be surprised if it's a different strain. I don't think their hefeweizen uses Chico. It's been awhile since I had it, but I recall some serious bubblegum esters in it. I would be surprised if their bottle conditioning yeast isn't all Chico though.

 
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:52 AM   #7
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Just an FYI. All Sierra Nevada beers are bottle conditioned. IMO they are the best at it and if I could do it as we'll as them, I'd go back to bottling.
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:53 AM   #8
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I wouldn't be surprised if it's a different strain. I don't think their hefeweizen uses Chico. It's been awhile since I had it, but I recall some serious bubblegum esters in it. I would be surprised if their bottle conditioning yeast isn't all Chico though.
You are right, it is their proprietary kellerweiss strain.

I still don't see any reason for them to bottle with anthing different than their standard ale strain. They are 'clean' American ales, you would want to use a clean American strain at bottling too.

 
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:55 AM   #9
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Just an FYI. All Sierra Nevada beers are bottle conditioned. IMO they are the best at it and if I could do it as we'll as them, I'd go back to bottling.
Incorrect. I've had a couple that wern't. Tumbler comes to mind. They had some summer ale (that wasn't too great - very disappointing) that wasn't, and I don't think their Rye ale was either. there may be more.

 
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:56 AM   #10
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You can also check out the brewing network, can you brew it episode where the clone celebration ale.
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