« on: May 29, 2012, 01:49:57 PM »
I recently brewed 10 gallons of a low gravity red ale (1.043) as an experiment and pitched WLP090 in one bucket and US05 in the other. I made a 2 liter starter for the 090 and used recently harvested US05 slurry. The recipe was very simple with 3 malts and 25 IBU so there wasn't much place for flaws to hide. Both yeast strains were pitched at 65 degrees and held there for 4 days. The 090 had a vigorous start and was already dropping by day 4 so I let it free rise to finish up after that. I ended up kegging the WLP090 batch after 7 days and carbed and crashed. By day 10 it was clean and drinkable with no esters or off flavors. The US05 batch was lagging quite a bit and even by day 12 it still wasn't even close to the 090 in clarity or flavor. I believe San Diego Super Yeast does work as advertised. I plan on brewing a pilsner recipe with it next and if the results are the same, I'll probably make this my house yeast strain. The turnaround is outstanding with, in my opinion, no downside. It's similar to WLP007 in that respect but I believe it is cleaner, quicker.