Brewing tomorrow using S-04 dated Sep 2023.
SEP 2023 ? Struck while the iron was hot, ordered 9 more (received, all are SEP 2023) to store in fridge.
I will make this one of my two “House Yeasts”, the other being the ubiquitous W-34/70.
Using these I will be able to brew everything and anything that I care to drink!
Also ordered 9 US-05 packets, because they also are dated SEP 2023.
Guess for 2021 my house yeasts are S-04, and US-05.
I like using Nottingham in the winter, but I keep getting packets with a short fuse.
im eager to try out BRY97, the highly recommended alternative to S05. I used S05 for years because it was just.. there and supposedly "neutral". but it just wasnt all there with some brews, there was just something just a tiny bit less than perfect with it for me.
ive got bry97 right now, but it'll be late winter before i brew with it. ill post results.
S-04 and US-05 were selected because (1) they're popular (2) have best by/exp dates of SEP-2023
(3) capable of lows temps in basement (4) have a wide temp range.
I don't possess the experience/knowledge to determine if yeast is truly responsible for certain tastes.
Was it the mash temp & time, boil length, grains, hops, water, fermentation temp & time,
bottle conditioning temp and time, yeast, I dunno. Many times it was strongly believed something was fact,
when in actuality it was false. Although I can say, the beers are beginning to get really good with attention to detail.