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Favorite lager strain?

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erockrph:
Santa brought me a chest freezer for Christmas, so its time to start brewing lagers in earnest. I'm going to focus on malty German styles like Märzen and Dunkel to start. Anyone have any recommendations for a lager yeast for these styles?

hopfenundmalz:
For those the WLP-833. I have done a Munich Dunkel split with 833 and 835 to see how those compare. The 833 is said to be the Ayinger strain. The 835 is "lager X" which rhymes nicely with Kloster Andechs. Both of those make very good Dunkels, so I decided to split the batch.

For German Pilsners I am fond of good old WLP830.

greatplainsbrewer:
FWIW WLP833 is really good.  I've used it for Vienna, Ofest, Dunkel, and Schwarz and been really happy with it.  Currently growing a starter for a Dbock.  Not sure on the Pilsners but I intend to experiment with a CAP on it this winter.

hopfenundmalz:

--- Quote from: greatplainsbrewer on December 26, 2013, 05:53:42 PM ---FWIW WLP833 is really good.  I've used it for Vienna, Ofest, Dunkel, and Schwarz and been really happy with it.  Currently growing a starter for a Dbock.  Not sure on the Pilsners but I intend to experiment with a CAP on it this winter.

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I use 833 for my CAP. Got that tip from Jeff Renner, the Godfather of CAP.

ynotbrusum:
I have Wyeast 2206 strain and the Budejovice strain going at the moment, but favorite - that's a tough one.  Perhaps 838 South German Lager by White Labs....

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