I am planning on brewing a guinness clone this weekend for St. Patty's day and have been doing a fair amount of research on recipes. I have both heard and read that really the WLP Irish Ale yeast is not the best yeast to use for this recipe. It has been suggested that something dryer and cleaner is better*.
I was considering using WLP California Ale or WLP London Ale. I am basing my recipe on BierMuncher's Guinness clone
. My thinking is that the acid malt gives me the flavor I am looking for that the Irish Ale may have provided and that a cleaner yeast would bring this beer closer to the target. Any thoughts?
Also, I realize the recipe has been a great success, so for that reason I am hesitant to mess with a good thing.
*Basing these thoughts on Designing Great Beers' section on dry stouts and Jamil's Podcast/Book.