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WLP076 - Old Sonoma Yeast
« on: May 07, 2014, 10:53:10 PM »
I bought this yeast from my LHBS and I'm trying to decide whether to use in a pale ale or porter. Does anyone have experience with this yeast and uses?
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Re: WLP076 - Old Sonoma Yeast
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2014, 11:05:07 PM »
They say it is from Jack McAuliffe of new Albion, making it the true original craft beer yeast. English heritage.

I would brew a new Albion clone. All 2-row and cascade (all he could get his hands on back then).

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Re: WLP076 - Old Sonoma Yeast
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2014, 11:14:02 PM »
They say it is from Jack McAuliffe of new Albion, making it the true original craft beer yeast.

Cool - I didn't know that.  Yeah, I'd definitely have to brew a New Albion clone. That'd be a quick ,easy beer to brew. Simple and good.
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Re: WLP076 - Old Sonoma Yeast
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2014, 11:17:24 PM »
I don't use a lot of WLP these days. I don't like to have yeast shipped, especially in the warm months, and my LHBS is Wyeast only, but very fresh Wyeast. Cool about the New Albion strain though.
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Re: WLP076 - Old Sonoma Yeast
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2014, 01:59:19 PM »
I have not used the WLP076 yest, but will once my LHBS has it in stock - will be using is for a new albion ale clone. Anyone try the New Albion Ale by Samuel Adams, I thought it was tasty.
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Re: WLP076 - Old Sonoma Yeast
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2014, 02:22:11 PM »
I have not used the WLP076 yest, but will once my LHBS has it in stock - will be using is for a new albion ale clone. Anyone try the New Albion Ale by Samuel Adams, I thought it was tasty.
Yes, I thought that was a good beer. I'd like to brew it actually after reading this thread.
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« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2014, 02:25:37 PM »
I liked it quite a bit, too. I read a few posts knocking it for simplicity, but if you consider the landscape of American beer at that time, what he did was way outside the lines. I think it's a good beer.
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Re: WLP076 - Old Sonoma Yeast
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2014, 02:27:03 PM »
I have not used the WLP076 yest, but will once my LHBS has it in stock - will be using is for a new albion ale clone. Anyone try the New Albion Ale by Samuel Adams, I thought it was tasty.
Yes, I thought that was a good beer. I'd like to brew it actually after reading this thread.

Jan/Feb 2013 Issue of BYO has the recipe in it - https://byo.com/stories/issue/item/2797-new-albion
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Re: WLP076 - Old Sonoma Yeast
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2014, 02:31:03 PM »
I never saw it down here.

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Re: WLP076 - Old Sonoma Yeast
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2014, 10:48:21 PM »
Just scored a vile of last year's batch for free from the LHBS. I was looking for a fresh bottle, but they were out. Figure it will take a week to grow up to a heathy pitchable amount. Don't need it for two weeks anyhow.

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Re: WLP076 - Old Sonoma Yeast
« Reply #10 on: May 09, 2014, 11:04:45 PM »
This sounds like a great brew to add to the docket. So many brews, so few weekends with the time to brew...


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Re: WLP076 - Old Sonoma Yeast
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2014, 12:21:56 AM »
I believe that WLP076 is actually Mendocino's pitching yeast.  Mendocino's yeast culture came from New Albion.  Don Barkley worked at New Albion.   

It is alleged that New Albion's yeast culture originally came from U.C. Davis.  Like most culture collections,  the lion's share of the cultures at UC Davis are anonymized. However, several of the brewing cultures in the collection contain source data.  There are actually two separate culture collections at U.C. Davis.  The big collection is the Phaff Yeast Culture Collection.  The Department of Viticulture & Enology also maintains a culture collection that contains a few brewing cultures.   



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Re: WLP076 - Old Sonoma Yeast
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2014, 02:49:31 AM »
Ended up using this in my robust porter and it turned out awesome! Very good English character and attenuates well without being too dry. Reusing a washed slurry in a pale ale this weekend.
Tap: Brandy Barrel Sour, Brett IPA, Tart Cherry Berliner, Sour Coffee Porter, Witbier, Helles Bock, Helles Bock Braggot, Strawberry "Nebraskambic," Raspberry Flanders
Secondary: OatRye Blonde, Plout Sour, Blueberry Ginger Sour
Primary:Belgian Dark Strong, Scottish Wee Heavy, American Session Wild Ale, Brandy Barrel "Lincolnambic"