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Old 03-21-2013, 06:00 AM   #1
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Default What's your GO TO yeast for imperial IPA??

Planning on brewing an IIPA soon within the 9-10% ABV range and contemplating which yeast I should choose. What's everybody favorite yeast for this style?


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Old 03-21-2013, 06:24 AM   #2
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I have all the ingredients to brew an IIPA Friday that will hopefully finish around 10%. I'm using two packets of US05. It's also going to be my first IIPA, so I am using the recipe Avery Brewing posted on their website, which calls for Cali yeast.


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Old 03-21-2013, 06:29 AM   #3
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2 pack of US 05 should be a good pitching rate. I was planning on using a liquid yeast possibly a British strain with a 2L starter. But I am defiantly on the fence for yeast choice. Should I go Cali should I go ringwood? Just not sure.
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If you're feeling experimentative, try both; Two fermenters, each with their own yeast. Water chemistry plays a part in IPAs and you may get better flavor with one yeast over the other. Another thing to think about, Cali yeast doesn't really clear unless you cold crash it for a little bit, but ringwood should do much better, if that's at all a concern of yours.
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Old 03-21-2013, 06:51 AM   #5
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I would go with either the classic Chico strain-1056, WLP001, US-05-or something like White Labs WLP090 San Diego Super...highly attenuative and alcohol tolerant. I just think any English yeast except WLP099 Super High Gravity is going to be too fruity, too estery, too malty, not dry enough, and won't accentuate the hops like a good ole American Yeast will!
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i normally go with 1056 but this week im gona use ringwood for ****s and giggles
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US05 is my standard for IIPA.
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I really enjoy 1056/ WLP001/ S-05 but I think I may switch it up. I've heard good things some the ringwood yeast. I have made a few IPA's using the Wyeadt ESB yeast which has a nice subtle fruit flavor not overpowering. It's has been my house yeast so I may test it with a higher gravity brew.

I've only heard a little about the San Diego super chico yeast and its lighting fast fermentation. Has anyone used this with great results?
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Maybe I should do the Pac man. I've never used it and this seems an opportunity to let it rip.


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