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Wyeast 1968 or safale s-04?
« on: January 17, 2010, 07:51:31 AM »
Hello, fellow beer fanatics! I'm relatively new to homebrewing, with five batches now under my belt. (Thanks to near-OCD cleaning, sanitation, and paying close attention to time and temperature, those were five good batches!) Anyhow, I am now putting the ingredients together for a black honey ale; I am using a recipe from "Clone Brews" (Page  99, Devil Mountain Brewing Co Black Honey Ale). Anyhow, the recipe calls for Wyeast 1968; the local homebrew shop did not carry Wyeast products, so I guessed that Safale S-04 would be somewhat close (as it is a UK-style ale yeast that I've used with good results on a red ale and a pale ale). The black ale recipe has six pounds of sugar in it (5 pounds of amber extract, one pound of honey), plus 16 ounces of crushed grain. That's a lot of stuff going into the wort, and my question is whether or not the Safale will attenuate as well as the Wyeast 1968. I don't plan to brew again until next weekend (when my primary fermenter will be empty again :), so there is plenty of time to drive an hour away to another brew shop, or order online. On the other hand, I could just brew, pitch what I have, and see what happens. What do you guys think?

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Re: Wyeast 1968 or safale s-04?
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2010, 08:43:37 AM »
juddz - do they carry white labs?  WL002 is the same as WY1968.

I personally don't like S-04, but many folks do - I'm sure your beer will be just fine.  As for attenuation, 1968 isn't exactly a high attenuator, so i would think you'd get at least the same level from S-04.

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Re: Wyeast 1968 or safale s-04?
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2010, 11:25:47 AM »
I believe they do carry White Labs... thanks for the advice!

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Re: Wyeast 1968 or safale s-04?
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2010, 11:40:24 AM »
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Re: Wyeast 1968 or safale s-04?
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2010, 05:21:01 AM »
I think S04 is rather similar to Whitbread (and I've seen it cited as the same strain online before).  It's not usually a first choice for me but I know plenty of people really like it.

So you can more or less compare this way:

1099 Whitbread
A mildly malty and slightly fruity fermentation profile; not as tart and dry as 1098 and much more flocculent. Clears well without filtration. Low fermentation temperatures will produce a clean finish with a very low ester profile.

Origin:
Flocculation: High
Attenuation: 68-72%
Temperature Range: 64-75F, 18-24C
Alcohol Tolerance: 10% ABV

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1968 London ESB
This extremely flocculent yeast produces distinctly malty beers. Attenuation levels are typically less than most other yeast strains making for a slightly sweeter finish. Ales produced with this strain tend to be fairly fruity. Fruitiness will increase with higher fermentation temperatures (70-74F, 21-23C). Diacetyl production is noticeable and a thorough rest is necessary. Yeast traps trub easily and autolysis during storage is accelaerated. A very good cask conditioned ale strain due to rapid and complete flocculation. Brilliantly bright beers are easily achieved without any filtration.

Origin:
Flocculation: Very High
Attenuation: 67-71%
Temperature Range: 64-72F, 18-22C
Alcohol Tolerance: 10% ABV

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Re: Wyeast 1968 or safale s-04?
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2010, 07:17:32 AM »
juddz - do they carry white labs?  WL002 is the same as WY1968.

I personally don't like S-04, but many folks do - I'm sure your beer will be just fine.  As for attenuation, 1968 isn't exactly a high attenuator, so i would think you'd get at least the same level from S-04.

Good luck!

+1. While S-04 and WLP002 share very, very similar characteristics the S-04 has always seems a little one dimensional to me. S-04 attenuates closer to WLP007. Same flavor profile as WLP002 (basically), but higher attenuation.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2010, 07:20:06 AM by majorvices »
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Re: Wyeast 1968 or safale s-04?
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2010, 06:03:59 PM »
Thanks for all of the info, guys! My wife works fairly close to a brew shop that carries Wyeast, so I figure I'll have pick some up for me tomorrow. I brew on Saturday, and I am sure that I will be much happier going into it without wondering if I've cut any corners.