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Old 01-31-2013, 03:57 AM   #1
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I just brewed and bottled my first two batches of beer using Mr. Beer barrells and modified MB recipes which are below. I used the MB yeast that came with the HME. I am going to brew to more batches of the same but want to use different yeast to see the difference in taste if any. Want to use dry yeast since I am an FNG to brewing. Any suggestions?

LB OktoBier Fest
1 can MB Oktoberfest HME
20 oz. Bavarian Wheat DME *
¼ oz. Hallertau pellet hops*

LB Bavarian Bronze
1 can MB Oktoberfest HME
1 lb Golden Light DME*
1 Full pouch MB Booster
¼ oz Hallertau pellet hops*

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Old 01-31-2013, 04:08 AM   #2
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I've used both of these yeasts in Mr. Beer and was really happy with the results.

Safale S-04:*A well known English ale strain noted for its fast fermentation and rapid settling. Used in the production of a wide range of ales including English ale styles. Available in 11.5g sachets. Info Sheet*Safale_S-04_HB
Safale US-05:*Ready-to-pitch American ale yeast for well balanced beers with low diacetyl and a very crisp end palate. Available in 11.5g sachets. Info Sheet*Safale_US-05_HB
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Old 01-31-2013, 04:13 AM   #3
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S-23 would be a good choice for an Oktoberfest

 
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:06 AM   #4
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Thank you for the info. I'm obviously very new to brewing and appreciate all the info I can get. I think I'm going to go with the Safale S05 or S23. With me using the MB barrel which is only 2 - 2.5 gallons do I use the entire pac or just half since most recipes are for 5 gallons?

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:04 AM   #5
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Thank you for the info. I'm obviously very new to brewing and appreciate all the info I can get. I think I'm going to go with the Safale S05 or S23. With me using the MB barrel which is only 2 - 2.5 gallons do I use the entire pac or just half since most recipes are for 5 gallons?
Yes use the whole pack. The more yeast you start with the better. Good luck!
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:52 AM   #6
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Well, it looks like you want to brew a lager so I would suggest the S-23 over the US-05. The US-05 is an ale strand. The S-23 is for lagers. I would pitch the whole packet also. Lagers generally need twice the yeast of an ale pitched because of the lower fermentation temperatures. I use two 11.5 gram sachets of S-23, rehydrated, when I brew 5 gallon batches.

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 01:54 AM   #7
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There is also SafLager W-34/70 you can try. It's another dry lager yeast. I used it in a Vienna last year and liked the results a lot.

 
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:48 PM   #8
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Thank you for the info. I'm obviously very new to brewing and appreciate all the info I can get. I think I'm going to go with the Safale S05 or S23. With me using the MB barrel which is only 2 - 2.5 gallons do I use the entire pac or just half since most recipes are for 5 gallons?
Do you have your temp control ironed out for lagers? Do you have a fridge to use for the long lagering period? If not, you be better off brewing ales...........to a prescribed recipe.

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Old 02-02-2013, 04:47 PM   #9
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I'm keeping the barrels in coolers in back room closet and temp held steady at 62 on both of them. That should be fine for lagers shouldn't it? Or should I get it down in the 55 range?

Thanks again all for the info.... very helpful!

 
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