That's a healthy quantity of late additions! Are you adding all of them at flame-out or from 5 minutes on, or during whirlpool or when exactly?
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Everything I've read says S04 is the Whitbread strain, not the Fullers strain.
I really like the Wyeast 1968 (same as WLP002) yeast for English ales. I don't think I've every used Whitbread, so I can't compare.
The head brewer from Union Station Brewery in Providence just told me that they use this yeast for their house ale strain. I noticed a distinct yeasty note in their ales - definitely not as clean as I assumed this strain would be. In fact, I was expecting him to say that they used a British strain. It could be from his fermentation schedule, though. He starts at 70 for the first day, then drops to 65 to finish out. I generally go the other direction with Cal Ale strains. I liked the character it gave to their brown ale and porter, but not so much for their APA's.
He said they repitch for about 10 generations, by the way.
My water is very hard and I tried this last brewing session. Nothing precipitated and I ended up using the water as-is. A bit of a waste of time and propane I guess. I added Gypsum initially too, but nothing.
Good thing I was brewing IPA.
WIth the Michigan ground water I use, if I boil and cool overnight, there is a white "fur"deposit on the kettle. Did you cool it?
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.