Has anyone tried this recipe with Kolsch yeast? I was originally planning to do a Kolsch so I ordered the Wyeast version but then I came across this recipe and decided to do the blonde instead since it sounds so good. I don't have Nottingham on hand though and I'm afraid to mess up the recipe if I choose a poor substitute.
So here are my yeast options:
A) use the new pack of kolsch yeast (WY2565),
B) wash and repitch some Pacman yeast I'm using for a Ranger IPA clone (I'm concerned about starting with a hoppy beer and dropping down to a smoother beer with the same yeast, although the IPA is the 1st generation),
C) use a new pack of Denny's Favorite 50 yeast,
D) try to revive and wash some WY1056 I used about 6 months ago that was harvested by just pouring some of the unwashed yeast cake into a sanitized White Labs vial and then sticking it in the fridge, or
E) Making the (somewhat long) drive to my LHBS and just picking up some Nottingham or S-05.
Edit: I didn't want to leave anything to chance so I opted for E), driving to my LHBS. However, just as I arrived I was told they got an email 5 min earlier saying there was a Notty recall. Darn the luck. So I bought a pack of US-05 and did a split batch--half the standard Centennial Blonde recipe and half the same malt bill with a 60 min and 10 min Hallertau Mittelfruh hop schedule just to see the difference. What can I say, even though I'm a history teacher I have a tiny bit of science buff that bubbles up when I'm brewing.
Both are bubbling away nicely at 62F. I'll post tasting notes when they're finished.
If you have a suggestion for something amazing to do with that Kolsch yeast still in my fridge, PM me!