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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2017, 06:48:58 pm »
WY2124 for me. Very clean, very forgiving, total work horse. Good for both hoppy styles and malty styles.

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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2017, 06:58:56 pm »
I've liked 2124, 2308, and 2206 in the past. Not sure I have a favorite, which seems weird since I brew more than 50% lagers. I like them all for different reasons. I guess I like 2124 because it's so versatile; I like doing India Pale Lagers with that strain, among other ale styles.
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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2017, 08:12:12 pm »
Yup, 2124 or 34/70 (same thing) for reliability and versatility all the way.  But I'll have to try 2206 to see what it's got.
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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2017, 02:01:13 am »
Style dependent 2124-2206. Id have to lean a shade more to 2124.


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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2017, 04:09:38 am »
Any time, just ask. I owe ya for help winning a medal, well... ribbon. I'll be keeping it around. The beer on tap right now was propped up from a slant that I made 10 months prior. It took off like it was fresh off the mountain
Any idea how long you can keep a strain on slant like this?

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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #20 on: January 26, 2017, 08:50:07 am »
Not really, at least 10 months

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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2017, 08:51:29 am »
WY2124 for me. Very clean, very forgiving, total work horse. Good for both hoppy styles and malty styles.

same for me - albeit WL830.  I've not used 2206/820 in a long time, maybe I should give them a try. 
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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #22 on: January 26, 2017, 09:19:45 am »
I've not used 2206/820 in a long time, maybe I should give them a try. 


I've heard a few brewers (who have used both) say that 820 doesn't attenuate as well as 2206. I know not all the 'equivalent' strains are that. Can't speak directly to it since I've never used 820, but 2206 is fantastic.
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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #23 on: January 26, 2017, 09:57:40 am »
Any time, just ask. I owe ya for help winning a medal, well... ribbon. I'll be keeping it around. The beer on tap right now was propped up from a slant that I made 10 months prior. It took off like it was fresh off the mountain
Any idea how long you can keep a strain on slant like this?

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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2017, 11:33:53 am »
I've not used 2206/820 in a long time, maybe I should give them a try. 


I've heard a few brewers (who have used both) say that 820 doesn't attenuate as well as 2206. I know not all the 'equivalent' strains are that. Can't speak directly to it since I've never used 820, but 2206 is fantastic.

good to know.  I'll try the 2206 when I start from scratch again on lager yeast.  latest ferment on my dunkel is appearing a bit sluggish, so it may be time to start over.
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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #25 on: January 26, 2017, 12:50:27 pm »
I've used WLP830, WLP833, WLP820, WY2124, WY2206 and just recently, the Lager X. Hoever, I think I've decided to stick with the WY2206. It just "hits the spot" for me. I brew 10 gals. of an O'fest yearly and usually a Dunkel, German Pils or a Schwarzbier. It does well by me.   
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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #26 on: January 27, 2017, 08:05:31 am »
I'm going to go with the popular option of 2206.  It seems to have love across multiple forums.

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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #27 on: January 27, 2017, 08:45:27 am »
Dang, now you have me excited to sample my latest Festbier  (first try at 2206)

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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #28 on: January 27, 2017, 09:30:51 am »
I have settled on 830 and 833, for dry and malty, respectively.

I have used a few others, such as 835 X and 838. I like X, but it is in between 830 and 833 to my palate.

2206 might be worth using in some split batches for evaluation.

When I have asked some small Bavarian Brewers what the used, they just said lager yeast. They would get a big pitch from the larger brewery down the road or in the next town, that brewed more frequently. They didn't know which strain.
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Re: German Lager Strain
« Reply #29 on: January 27, 2017, 09:34:01 am »
I have settled on 830 and 833, for dry and malty, respectively.

I have used a few others, such as 835 X and 838. I like X, but it is in between 830 and 833 to my palate.

2206 might be worth using in some split batches for evaluation.

When I have asked some small Bavarian Brewers what the used, they just said lager yeast. They would get a big pitch from the larger brewery down the road or in the next town, that brewed more frequently. They didn't know which strain.
Is 833 stupid slow to flocc for you? It has been for me on my recent string of beers with it. Every single beer.
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