Yeast comparison WLP002 vs WLP023

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johnnyc

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I'm doing a Lagunitas IPA clone that calls for WLP002 English ESB. I've got WLP023 Burtons and I wanted to see if anyone had tried it in an IPA.
 

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I've not tried 002, but I have used 023 plenty of times and have compared it to other English yeast strains including dry and liquid. I think 023 is very unique in it's ester profile. I've used the same recipe with different yeasts, including S-04, Windsor, and White Labs Essex Ale Yeast. All were good (except I wasn't real fond of the Essex Ale Yeast), but none compared to the ester profile of the 023.

I also prefer it fermented in the lower half of it's temperature range. I've found some fusel alcohols in the higher end, but the lower end still keeps a good amount of pleasant fruity esters without the fusels.
 

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I've used WLP023 several times for English IPA's with excellent results. It attenuates more than the 002, and as menschmaschine said it has a very interesting flavor profile.

I love the 002 for bitters, but don't think I'd like to try it in an IPA

-a.
 
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Too little too late...I guess I'll find out in a couple months. But the attenuation difference is nice, with a 1.070 OG I hope it gets me down in the teens.
 
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