My Big Dry Lager Yeast Adventure

My Big Dry Lager Yeast Adventure

Post by The Artist Formerly Known as Kap'n Salt » Sun, 26 Feb 2006 06:44:48



So, I just decided I'd finally get around to giving one of the new
generation of dry lager yeasts a try. I chose Fermentis (or is it
lallemand) W 34/70 secured from B3, since it's available domestically
and seemed to have a better reputation than S 23.

I brewed up a dunkel, figuring this would show off any fermentation
flaws pretty nicely. SG was expected to be around 1.054, finishing
around 1.014. It wasn't the best recipe around -- just used what I had
on hand, which meant Vienna as a base instead of Munich, which is what I
normally use as the base for my dunkels. Straight infusion mash --
nothing special. Once the boil was done, I cooled the wort to around 50
or so, and settled overnight at around 45F.

Just to be entirely kosher, I decided to rehydrate the yeast, which I
don't normally do with dry yeast. I rehydrated a lot - around 3 packets,
cooled it a bit by adding some chilled wort, and pitched into the wort
at around 45F.

The ferment started immediately, but was quite sluggish. Over the course
of a couple of days, I let the temp rise to the stated ideal for this
yeast of around 53F, at which point the ferment took off. This would
seem normal for this yeast if it's really the same as WP830, which as I
recall doesn't care for really low ferment temps. FG was right on target
at 1.014.

A few days ago, I finally force-carbed and racked to the
lagering/serving tank. Took a taste this PM, and bottom line, I was
pretty impressed. No trace of fruitiness at all -- clearly, this is a
"real" lager yeast. The dunkel is already pretty good, although because
the recipe was pretty random, probably isn't going to be great.

Next step is to pitch a better beer on the dregs in a week or so -- I'll
be doing a maibock or a doppelbock. I'll post the results here.

Cheers -- tAfkaks
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My Big Dry Lager Yeast Adventure

Post by Denny Con » Mon, 27 Feb 2006 02:00:15



Quote:

> So, I just decided I'd finally get around to giving one of the new
> generation of dry lager yeasts a try. I chose Fermentis (or is it
> lallemand) W 34/70 secured from B3, since it's available domestically
> and seemed to have a better reputation than S 23.

<snippage>

Cool!  Thanks for the report.  That one and S-189 generally seem to get
far better reviews than S-23.  Glad to hear it worked for you!

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My Big Dry Lager Yeast Adventure

Post by The Artist Formerly Known as Kap'n Salt » Mon, 27 Feb 2006 06:10:54


Quote:


>>So, I just decided I'd finally get around to giving one of the new
>>generation of dry lager yeasts a try. I chose Fermentis (or is it
>>lallemand) W 34/70 secured from B3, since it's available domestically
>>and seemed to have a better reputation than S 23.

> <snippage>

> Cool!  Thanks for the report.  That one and S-189 generally seem to get
> far better reviews than S-23.  Glad to hear it worked for you!

The next beer should be a better test -- I'm planning on hitting a
gravity of around 1.074 with a fairly simple mai-bock recipe. Any
fermentation flaws, including fruitiness with the higher *** levels
should show up pretty readily.

I'd love to try S-189, but now that Paddock Wood no longer ships the 20g
packages to the US, I guess I'm out of luck. Ah well...

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My Big Dry Lager Yeast Adventure

Post by JS » Mon, 27 Feb 2006 09:48:48


On Fri, 24 Feb 2006 15:44:48 -0600, The Artist Formerly Known as Kap'n

Quote:

>So, I just decided I'd finally get around to giving one of the new
>generation of dry lager yeasts a try. I chose Fermentis (or is it
>lallemand) W 34/70 secured from B3, since it's available domestically
>and seemed to have a better reputation than S 23.

Morebeer.com is selling it.  What exactly is B3?

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My Big Dry Lager Yeast Adventure

Post by John 'Shaggy' Kolesa » Mon, 27 Feb 2006 13:29:09


Quote:

> On Fri, 24 Feb 2006 15:44:48 -0600, The Artist Formerly Known as Kap'n

>>So, I just decided I'd finally get around to giving one of the new
>>generation of dry lager yeasts a try. I chose Fermentis (or is it
>>lallemand) W 34/70 secured from B3, since it's available domestically
>>and seemed to have a better reputation than S 23.

> Morebeer.com is selling it.  What exactly is B3?

B3 is the nickname for www.morebeer.com.  Their full name is
"Beer, Beer, and More Beer"... aka B3.

John.

 
 
 

My Big Dry Lager Yeast Adventure

Post by JS » Mon, 27 Feb 2006 22:26:31




Quote:

>> On Fri, 24 Feb 2006 15:44:48 -0600, The Artist Formerly Known as Kap'n

>>>So, I just decided I'd finally get around to giving one of the new
>>>generation of dry lager yeasts a try. I chose Fermentis (or is it
>>>lallemand) W 34/70 secured from B3, since it's available domestically
>>>and seemed to have a better reputation than S 23.

>> Morebeer.com is selling it.  What exactly is B3?

>B3 is the nickname for www.morebeer.com.  Their full name is
>"Beer, Beer, and More Beer"... aka B3.

>John.

I figured it would turn out to be code for something quite obvious.  I
must learn to think better along those lines.  Thanks for the
education.

John S.

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My Big Dry Lager Yeast Adventure

Post by The Artist Formerly Known as Kap'n Salt » Sun, 05 Mar 2006 11:23:40


Quote:

> On Fri, 24 Feb 2006 15:44:48 -0600, The Artist Formerly Known as Kap'n

>>So, I just decided I'd finally get around to giving one of the new
>>generation of dry lager yeasts a try. I chose Fermentis (or is it
>>lallemand) W 34/70 secured from B3, since it's available domestically
>>and seemed to have a better reputation than S 23.

> Morebeer.com is selling it.  What exactly is B3?

Beer, Beer and More Beer -- same as morebeer.com

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