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Offline karlh

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Re: S23 Lager Yeast from Fermentis
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2010, 10:36:03 am »
I have used this yeast twice to make a classic american pilsner.  I fermented around 60 deg. F.  Both times my beer ended up having a fruity character to it.  I did not mind it but it definitely did not have the clean lager character you would expect.  Next time I make this beer I will either ferment cooler and/or use a different yeast.

Happy Brewing,
I used this yeast once to make a CAP as well.  I ferment my lagers relatively cool (high 40s to low 50s) and then usually lager at least a month.  I thought the beer turned out fine with no fruity flavors, but received the comment from another local homebrewer that it was the first brew he had ever had, made with S-23, that didn't have a fruity character.  While it was not a bad beer, I prefer a couple other lager strains from wyeast for my lager brewing.  I keep the s-23 as backup in the case I have a starter go bad and need something to pitch on short notice. 
Mundelein, IL  USA