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srob18

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I'm using the WLP051 California Ale V yeast on a borderline Oak Aged Imperial IPA I brewed a couple of weeks ago. My fermentation was pretty slow starting, probably my slowest starting batch but in a rarity for me my temp held around 64-68 degrees the whole time and lasted about 12 days. I was wondering if there is anyone out there who has used this yeast and tasted or seen any real difference from standard IPA yeasts like 1056, US-05 ect...
 

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I've used this yeast, and specifically in a split batch of American pale ale where I fermented the same wort with this and the Sierra Nevada strain you mentioned . WLP051 yeast is the Anchor brewery's ale strain. It came out fruitier than the Sierra Nevada strain and finished a little higher. I also thought the Sierra strain had a hoppier aroma/flavor. Because it's so clean it lets the hops shine through. Just one experience, but I would say if you're going for a hoppy beer, I would prefer WLP001/US-05/WY1056. The Anchor strain is nicer for beers where you want some subtle fruitiness to balance with the malt and hops (maybe a blonde ale).
 
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I'll be interested to see how the fruity notes balance with the Oak. I usually do prefer the hoppier beers so maybe ill be pleasantly surprised.

Thanks for the info, i just couldn't wait myself to taste the thing. I wanted to know what to expect haha.
 
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