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Offline bigchicken

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Sterling 514 English Ale Yeast
« on: August 29, 2011, 10:45:06 AM »
I noticed that Austin Homebrew Supply started selling this dry yeast. Does anyone have any experience using it? What were some pros & cons?
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Offline Malticulous

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Re: Sterling 514 English Ale Yeast
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2011, 02:31:36 PM »
Here is all I could find on it.
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514 is the most widely used generic yeast in Australian home brew kits. It was for many years made by Mauri foods and if you ordered a few (Thousand) you could get your name on the sachet.

A lot of guys heap scorn on 514, but it has some very useful properties:-
It is very neutral; it doesn’t change the flavour of the kit much.
It is very stable; I have seen 5 year old yeast fire up, this is good for product that may sit around.
It is tough; it handles mishandling better than any other yeast.
It brews over a wide temperature range; even in brews where they are “cooked” it throws less fusels than most other yeasts.

These days there are plenty of better choices both dried and liquid but they all require more careful handling and better temperature control.

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http://www.aussiehomebrewer.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=10768&view=findpost&p=136817

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Re: Sterling 514 English Ale Yeast
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2011, 04:44:28 PM »
Thanks for the info. I am surprised nobody else chimed in on this. Must be fairly new to the U.S.
TJ Cook
Proud paying member of the AHA since 2013.

On Deck: Split batch 12 gallon TBD
Fermenting: Nothing but sadness.
In bottles: Northern Brewer Dry Irish Stout, Snow Eater Winter Warmer 2012, Apple Wine, Chocolate Cherry Stout