« on: May 12, 2015, 06:00:31 PM »
This kind of brings me to Mark's "nuclear weapon" analogy. If you're trying to take out New York City, you don't need to pinpoint a dime in the middle of Central Park. Anywhere in the middle of Manhattan will get the job done. But if you have your target dialed in, you might as well shoot for it dead-on. That will certainly give you the most leeway in case something goes awry.But that's fine, it's a hobby, not a job, after all.
Yep. First off, the yeast companies give several performance ranges - temp, attenuation, alcohol tolerance. They also give lists of styles that each strain could be used for, many of them a stretch.. I don't see the temp ranges as any more accurate as the rest of these recommendations. They are rough approximations to give new brewers reasonable performance. At some point a brewer's personal experience and preferences come into play.