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What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« on: May 15, 2016, 05:19:36 PM »
I plan on trying to perfect a German Pils this summer and I like to know what yeasts are your favorites. I've used WY 2124 many times and I like it, but I'm wondering if there are some others that I need to try.
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Re: What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2016, 05:24:57 PM »
I prefer 2124/830 for German pils. Helps me hit the dry, crisp character I like in the style.
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Re: What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2016, 06:19:27 PM »
Another vote for 2124.
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Re: What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2016, 06:27:22 PM »
830/2124 which are 34/70 products.
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Re: What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2016, 07:34:31 PM »
WLP838 is a good one, I'm usually a Wyeast person, but that 838 is solid stuff. But you also can't go wrong with 2124.
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Re: What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2016, 08:07:14 PM »
WLP838 is a good one, I'm usually a Wyeast person, but that 838 is solid stuff. But you also can't go wrong with 2124.
So, is WLP838 the same as WY 2308 Munich Lager? I've used WY 2308 before, but not in a German Pils. Like Jon, I like my German Pils to have a crisp finish.
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What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2016, 08:37:52 PM »
WLP838 is a good one, I'm usually a Wyeast person, but that 838 is solid stuff. But you also can't go wrong with 2124.
So, is WLP838 the same as WY 2308
Munich Lager? I've used WY 2308 before, but not in a German Pils. Like Jon, I like my German Pils to have a crisp finish.
This is the page I usually use, and it says that WY2308 = WLP833. I've used 833 a lot including a Dortmunder, but no experience with it or 2308 in a Pils. I hear "super malty" a lot when people talk about that strain, so not sure if it would be exactly what you're looking for.

http://www.mrmalty.com/yeast.htm

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Re: What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2016, 08:43:04 PM »
WLP838 is a good one, I'm usually a Wyeast person, but that 838 is solid stuff. But you also can't go wrong with 2124.
So, is WLP838 the same as WY 2308
Munich Lager? I've used WY 2308 before, but not in a German Pils. Like Jon, I like my German Pils to have a crisp finish.
This is the page I usually use, and it says that WY2308 = WLP833. I've used 833 a lot including a Dortmunder, but no experience with it or 2308 in a Pils. I hear "super malty" a lot when people talk about that strain, so not sure if it would be exactly what you're looking for.

http://www.mrmalty.com/yeast.htm
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Re: What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2016, 08:48:10 PM »
WLP838 is a good one, I'm usually a Wyeast person, but that 838 is solid stuff. But you also can't go wrong with 2124.
So, is WLP838 the same as WY 2308
Munich Lager? I've used WY 2308 before, but not in a German Pils. Like Jon, I like my German Pils to have a crisp finish.
This is the page I usually use, and it says that WY2308 = WLP833. I've used 833 a lot including a Dortmunder, but no experience with it or 2308 in a Pils. I hear "super malty" a lot when people talk about that strain, so not sure if it would be exactly what you're looking for.

http://www.mrmalty.com/yeast.htm
I pulled Mrmalty up. 833=2487 Hella Bock.
Oops you're right - I looked at the wrong line. 838 does equal 2308.

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Re: What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2016, 09:37:00 PM »
I've got a German Pils finishing up right now with 835 German lager X .....we shall see how it turns out
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Re: What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2016, 11:53:31 PM »
I've got a German Pils finishing up right now with 835 German lager X .....we shall see how it turns out
I like the WLP830. I am also going to use the 835x for my German Pils. Please let us know how it turns out.
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Re: What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2016, 02:31:36 AM »
WLP838 is a good one, I'm usually a Wyeast person, but that 838 is solid stuff. But you also can't go wrong with 2124.
So, is WLP838 the same as WY 2308 Munich Lager? I've used WY 2308 before, but not in a German Pils. Like Jon, I like my German Pils to have a crisp finish.
My recent experience with 838 has made pretty crisp tasting beers. Jeff would you agree it's a good choice for pilsner or no?
That Mr. Malty list does say 838 is the same as 2308, so...I don't know, maybe it's not what you're after. But it seemed pretty crisp to me the last times I've used it.

Off topic: I noticed that list has Denny's Favorite 50 listed as Wy2450 not 1450.
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Re: What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2016, 02:32:11 PM »
WLP838 is a good one, I'm usually a Wyeast person, but that 838 is solid stuff. But you also can't go wrong with 2124.
So, is WLP838 the same as WY 2308 Munich Lager? I've used WY 2308 before, but not in a German Pils. Like Jon, I like my German Pils to have a crisp finish.

I think pH trumps yeast strain choice in terms of creating a "crisp" beer.  Mash low 5.2.  That's what I do.  Honestly, I was quite pleased with dry 3470 in my last pils. 
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Re: What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2016, 02:48:03 PM »
WLP838 is a good one, I'm usually a Wyeast person, but that 838 is solid stuff. But you also can't go wrong with 2124.
So, is WLP838 the same as WY 2308 Munich Lager? I've used WY 2308 before, but not in a German Pils. Like Jon, I like my German Pils to have a crisp finish.

I think pH trumps yeast strain choice in terms of creating a "crisp" beer.  Mash low 5.2.  That's what I do.  Honestly, I was quite pleased with dry 3470 in my last pils.
That's been my experience with German lagers as well. I use WLP833 for everything (just easier), but I've made my Marzen too crisp by mashing a little too low and lowering the pH to 5.2 or below (batches that I liked most were closer to 5.3). If I can accidentally make a Marzen recipe too dry and too crisp with the "maltiest" of the German lager strains, then you can probably do it on purpose with your Pils  :)

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Re: What's your favorite German Pils yeast?
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2016, 02:50:53 PM »
WLP838 is a good one, I'm usually a Wyeast person, but that 838 is solid stuff. But you also can't go wrong with 2124.
So, is WLP838 the same as WY 2308 Munich Lager? I've used WY 2308 before, but not in a German Pils. Like Jon, I like my German Pils to have a crisp finish.
My recent experience with 838 has made pretty crisp tasting beers. Jeff would you agree it's a good choice for pilsner or no?
That Mr. Malty list does say 838 is the same as 2308, so...I don't know, maybe it's not what you're after. But it seemed pretty crisp to me the last times I've used it.

Off topic: I noticed that list has Denny's Favorite 50 listed as Wy2450 not 1450.
835 seems in between 830 and 833 as far the dry finish goes. I have never used it for a Pils. I have a split batch of Pils, 830 and 833, the 833 leaves it too malty. You have to try it in a Pils to find out.
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