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Yeast for a porter
« on: July 31, 2019, 03:46:28 PM »
I'm trying to decide on a yeast for a porter that I will be brewing in a week or two.  Medium attenuation, malty finish.  Slight fruit is ok...I doubt it will get past the grain bill.

I've narrowed it down to these.

1450
S-04
WLP001
1318

I know Denny's preference (and I'm leaning that way), but if I told you that this beer will be sitting at 68 (the lowest temp I can reliably maintain), would that change your mind?

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Re: Yeast for a porter
« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2019, 04:20:25 PM »
I'm trying to decide on a yeast for a porter that I will be brewing in a week or two.  Medium attenuation, malty finish.  Slight fruit is ok...I doubt it will get past the grain bill.

I've narrowed it down to these.

1450
S-04
WLP001
1318

I know Denny's preference (and I'm leaning that way), but if I told you that this beer will be sitting at 68 (the lowest temp I can reliably maintain), would that change your mind?

Nope in terms of 1450
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Re: Yeast for a porter
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2019, 07:03:56 PM »
I've made some very nice porters with S-04.  It also offers the convenience of direct pitching with no starter or aeration if that's a consideration this time of year.  001 could work fine, but I just am not fond of 1318.  Full disclosure:  I have never used 1450.  Sorry Denny!  At least I've finally come clean!
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Re: Yeast for a porter
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2019, 08:59:31 PM »
Assuming this is an English style porter, I'd use WLP002.
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Re: Yeast for a porter
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2019, 09:14:43 PM »
I've made some very nice porters with S-04.  It also offers the convenience of direct pitching with no starter or aeration if that's a consideration this time of year.  001 could work fine, but I just am not fond of 1318.  Full disclosure:  I have never used 1450.  Sorry Denny!  At least I've finally come clean!

You should try it.
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Re: Yeast for a porter
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2019, 09:42:34 PM »
I've made some very nice porters with S-04.  It also offers the convenience of direct pitching with no starter or aeration if that's a consideration this time of year.  001 could work fine, but I just am not fond of 1318.  Full disclosure:  I have never used 1450.  Sorry Denny!  At least I've finally come clean!

You should try it.
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Re: Yeast for a porter
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2019, 10:14:50 PM »
Assuming this is an English style porter, I'd use WLP002.

I considered this yeast, but its optimum temperature "range" is listed at 65-68.  I will barely be able to keep it stored at 68 (assuming no more heat waves). I don't know how much this really matters, but the other ones that I listed at least give me some margin for error.  I'm probably overthinking this, but I'm not interested in pushing the envelope.

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Re: Yeast for a porter
« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2019, 12:48:56 AM »
Mangrove Jacks M42 and M15 temp range: 61 - 72°F (16 - 22°C).


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Re: Yeast for a porter
« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2019, 12:14:44 PM »
Mangrove Jacks M42 and M15 temp range: 61 - 72°F (16 - 22°C).


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That's another one I considered but felt the attenuation was too high.  Maybe if this was a RIS...
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Re: Yeast for a porter
« Reply #9 on: August 01, 2019, 01:27:06 PM »
I use Wyeast 1028 (London Ale) in my porters.  It is a bit fruitier, but I like the esters I get from it

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Re: Yeast for a porter
« Reply #10 on: August 01, 2019, 02:18:45 PM »
Assuming this is an English style porter, I'd use WLP002.

I considered this yeast, but its optimum temperature "range" is listed at 65-68.  I will barely be able to keep it stored at 68 (assuming no more heat waves). I don't know how much this really matters, but the other ones that I listed at least give me some margin for error.  I'm probably overthinking this, but I'm not interested in pushing the envelope.

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Re: Yeast for a porter
« Reply #11 on: August 01, 2019, 02:31:53 PM »
I'll go out on a limb and vote for WLP001 just so you don't really have to be concerned about temp. English yeasts start to get a bit icky TO ME at the temp you are suggesting.
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Re: Yeast for a porter
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2019, 02:48:19 PM »
I use Wyeast 1028 (London Ale) in my porters.  It is a bit fruitier, but I like the esters I get from it

Good call, thanks.  It checks the boxes I'm looking to check.

I'll go out on a limb and vote for WLP001 just so you don't really have to be concerned about temp.

Got it. Thanks.

I appreciate the feedback.  I now have options when I walk into the LHBS!

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Re: Yeast for a porter
« Reply #13 on: August 01, 2019, 03:17:16 PM »
Lately I've been using Imperial A09 Pub and I like it so much It's pretty much my new go-to for all my English ales.
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Re: Yeast for a porter
« Reply #14 on: August 01, 2019, 06:01:40 PM »
Personally I would go with WLP001 since I use the dry version, US-05 at 68F and I've had great results.  This year my Porter took gold at NHC.

I'm interested in try 1450 though.  Sounds like it would work great.