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Title: Bought the wrong yeast...
Post by: tonyp on March 19, 2011, 10:03:53 PM
So I'm trying my hand at making my own Northern English Brown Ale recipe and forgot to write down the Wyeast # before I left for the LHBS. They only had White Labs and by mistake I said "English Ale Yeast" instead of "London Ale Yeast".

So instead of getting Wyeast 1028/WhiteLabs WLP013 I got WhiteLabs WLP002. Is this going to make a huge difference in the style profile? Its a 40min 1-way trip to the LHBS, should I bring it back and get the WLP013?

Any info appreciated.

Thanks!
Tony
Title: Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
Post by: a10t2 on March 19, 2011, 10:38:40 PM
The WLP002 will be a little fruitier and may not attenuate quite as far, but it won't be a night and day difference. I'd say you could increase the pitching rate and/or drop the temperature slightly and get "close enough".
Title: Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
Post by: rbclay on March 19, 2011, 11:15:20 PM
Definitely make it with this yeast. take good notes. make another batch soon- tomorrow- next week- with EVERYTHING the same except get the yeast you initially intended. Try them side by side. Then you decide which you like best! This is a perfect opportunity to experiment. But remember, when experimenting change only ONE THING at a time. In this case, your yeast. Get on with it! And give the primary enough time.
Title: Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
Post by: timberati on March 19, 2011, 11:34:50 PM
Definitely make it with this yeast. take good notes. make another batch soon- tomorrow- next week- with EVERYTHING the same except get the yeast you initially intended. Try them side by side. Then you decide which you like best! This is a perfect opportunity to experiment. But remember, when experimenting change only ONE THING at a time. In this case, your yeast. Get on with it! And give the primary enough time.
And...it'll be beer.  ;D Great discoveries are made by accident and perseverance.
Title: Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
Post by: oscarvan on March 20, 2011, 12:29:19 AM
London is in England.  ;D
Title: Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
Post by: tonyp on March 20, 2011, 03:25:43 PM
Thanks for the suggestions I'll give it a go and report back
Title: Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
Post by: euge on March 20, 2011, 05:42:58 PM
If you've never used it before wlp002 makes some great beer. And it is an opportunity for a comparison. :D I found it to be a fast fermenter and it drops quick and clear.

http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/audio/wlp002.mp3 (http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/audio/wlp002.mp3)
Title: Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
Post by: tonyp on April 02, 2011, 04:43:40 PM
Its been exactly a week since pitching the WLP002 and after moving it to a warmer location (62-65F) its been bubbling like crazy the whole time. Figured it might be a good time to take a grav reading. (it tastes fantastic btw)

3/26  OG: 1.040
4/02  SG: 1.015

Its still bubbling once every 6-8 seconds, gonna check it again in a few days.

thanks for all the input,
Tony

Title: Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
Post by: gordonstrong on April 02, 2011, 04:47:53 PM
Sounds almost done.  You could probably take a quick taste now to get an idea how it's doing.

I like this yeast better anyway.  Not quite as dry.  A little fruitier, a little less sulfury.
Title: Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
Post by: tonyp on April 02, 2011, 05:56:47 PM
Sounds almost done.  You could probably take a quick taste now to get an idea how it's doing.

I like this yeast better anyway.  Not quite as dry.  A little fruitier, a little less sulfury.

yeah i always taste the grav reading sample, its really nice so far. i tried to get as close to newcastle as i could after researching different recipes and i cant wait to get a 6 of NC to do a side-by-side.

I'm working on a stout atm but i may try this recipe again with the other yeast just to see the difference.

Tony
Title: Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
Post by: blatz on April 02, 2011, 06:53:54 PM


I'm working on a stout atm but i may try this recipe again with the other yeast just to see the difference.

And waste a fresh slurry of 002 you got underneath that brown ale?? I'd redo that brown after you make the stout ;)
Title: Re: Bought the wrong yeast...
Post by: euge on April 02, 2011, 07:02:29 PM
...i tried to get as close to newcastle as i could after researching different recipes and i cant wait to get a 6 of NC to do a side-by-side.

Tony

Let us know. NC is one of my favorite beers. I'm told it's a blend...