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Offline rjharper

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German yeast in a Cali Common?
« on: June 18, 2014, 06:40:06 PM »
I know that BCS states that you have to use San Fran lager yeast but has anyone tried using German lager strains? I've been building up a W34/70 population for a Helles but I need something fast and different and I was thinking a Cali common would be a good way to build up yeast and get a faster batch out. But would it even work? I've seen that it can add sulphury notes.

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Re: German yeast in a Cali Common?
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2014, 07:52:09 PM »
If you are having it judged, some may say it ends up to clean. That strain is fairly clean up to 60F+, while the SF lager yeast is more estery at 60.
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Re: German yeast in a Cali Common?
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2014, 08:06:08 PM »
Thanks Jeff,
Would fermenting it slightly warmer, say 64F make up for the reduced esters?

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Re: German yeast in a Cali Common?
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2014, 08:09:42 PM »
Go even higher, 66 to 68F according to Wyeast for a Common. 2124 is said to be the same as WLP830 and 34/70.
https://www.wyeastlab.com/hb_yeaststrain_detail.cfm?ID=30
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Re: German yeast in a Cali Common?
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2014, 09:07:10 PM »
I think to have it more fruity you need to have open shallow fermenter.


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Re: German yeast in a Cali Common?
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2014, 09:09:49 PM »
I recently made a common using WY2565 - Kolsch. Did not feel like buying a pack of yeast for only one batch and I had a large slurry already available. Came out a bit too clean at 62. Next time I will try it warmer.