Wrong yeast for steam beer?

Wrong yeast for steam beer?

Post by Matt Fa » Mon, 20 Feb 1995 07:39:40



I'm using a recipe for steam beer that calls for California Lager yeast.
By mistake I picked up a Begian Abbey yeast.  How will this affect the
beer that I make?  Is it worth going ahead with, or should I return it
for the 'correct' yeast?

Any insight is greatly appreciated...

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Wrong yeast for steam beer?

Post by Jeff Fra » Thu, 23 Feb 1995 08:24:45



Quote:
>I'm using a recipe for steam beer that calls for California Lager yeast.
>By mistake I picked up a Begian Abbey yeast.  How will this affect the
>beer that I make?  Is it worth going ahead with, or should I return it
>for the 'correct' yeast?

Go back and get the right one!  Ordinarily, it wouldn't be hideously
off, but that particular yeast strain will create something nothing at
all like what you're looking for -- unless you usually pour your Anchor
Steam over bananas.  Bananas is what you'll get with that yeast.

Even with the CL yeast, watch your temperature.  If you're in San
Francisco, find a place that's running at SF ambient temperatue (a nice
garage) -- even at this time of the year, it should be around 55F, just
right for true Steam (TM) Beers.  Make sure you work up a good starter
(don't go right from the pack), triple it if possible and aerate well.
If you can do it, go for an open fermentation as well.

--Jeff

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Wrong yeast for steam beer?

Post by Matt Fa » Thu, 09 Mar 1995 03:24:31



: >I'm using a recipe for steam beer that calls for California Lager yeast.
: >By mistake I picked up a Begian Abbey yeast.  How will this affect the
: >beer that I make?  Is it worth going ahead with, or should I return it
: >for the 'correct' yeast?

: Even with the CL yeast, watch your temperature.  If you're in San
: Francisco, find a place that's running at SF ambient temperatue (a nice
: garage) -- even at this time of the year, it should be around 55F, just
: right for true Steam (TM) Beers.  Make sure you work up a good starter
: (don't go right from the pack), triple it if possible and aerate well.
: If you can do it, go for an open fermentation as well.

Ok, I got the CL yeast and started it.  Now, yeast is ready, but I'm not!
The yeast puffed up by last night.  I was going to brew tonight, but now
won't be able to until tomorrow.  Does this present any problems.

On the yeast package it says to start it if it's ready early.  Ok, but it
says to start it w/ about a pint of 1.020 SG wort for about 12 hours.
Unfortunately, I don't have any wort yet (not till tomorrow :<).

What's the best way to get a starter for liquid yeast???

Thanks again,
matt

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