So last year, I pre-ordered this strain from The Vault, and it is now in production. Delivery is said to be late March to early April. I plan on starting with an ordinary bitter similar to one I made a couple years ago essentially as a smallish starter batch to pitch to Drew's "The Queen's Diamonds" EBW, from Experimental Homebrewing.
So my first batch is planned for the second week of April. Who has used this yeast, if anyone? What did you make with it, what did you like about it? Mark seemed to be pretty high on this strain back in the day, so I am excited to use it, just looking for suggestions. I have not made many English brews beyond the 2 mentioned above, so what recipes do you all have for something like this?
From The vault, "Banked back in 2001. Very flocculant strain great for all things English. Great for porters, stouts, ESBs. Lower ester production than most English strains but creates a bigger mouthfeel than most cleaner strains." High flocculation, attenuation from 72%-78%, no temp ranges given. I have emailed them about temps, but that was just a short while ago, no response yet.
Looking at starting the ordinary bitter with a 60 minute mash at 154°, targeting the top end of the range around 1.039, 28 IBUs from Target, Northdown, and Challenger, dry hopped with EKG. Simple grist of 93.6% Crisp MO and 4.4% C120 (same grist as my previous bitter that turned out to be much higher in OG than planned due to greater than expected efficiency on such a small beer, but a great beer in the end!) That recipe came from someone on here, but I cannot remember who, so I can't give any credit for it, but thanks again.