I started with a MrBeer kit and to this day I think the beer was damn good. But that was before coopers bought them. I tried some of thier stuff and it was not as good as the old stuff. Brew Demon sells the original MrBeer stuff now.
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I used 2 packs of S-04 per 5gal in a Russian Imperial Stout and it did very well.I was happy with S04 in a barleywine.
I get a distinct "bready" note from S-04 that I don't get from the liquid English Ale strains. I like it in certain styles (roasty/toasty styles like brown ales & porters), but no so much in others (fruitier styles like ESB's). I've always been leery in using it in something like a barleywine, since I'm afraid that the bready character would be amplified in a bigger beer with a bigger pitch of yeast. Have you guys found that to be the case?
The IBUs are double for the style but I love em and wanted to make sure I can taste them. I think I would rather cut back on the hops than raise the ABV though.
I used one ounce of Nelson Sauvin (perhaps as a dryhop) in a saison and I could easily taste it.
Also why don't you add Belle Saison to your yeast list?