Well, I thought I'd post the results of my experience with the DCL
W34/70 Dry lager yeast. This is reputed to be the same strain as White
Labs Bavarian lager yeast in dried form.
When we last left off, I had pitched a mostly-vienna amber lager. The
beer was in the secondary with no noticable fruity taste. On the yeast
cake from the lager, I pitched a 1.090 mostly-vienna doppelbock. (this
is about 5 months ago).
The amber lager didn't come too well. Good taste, but then there's a
sort of unpleasant tartness in the aftertaste. The doppel has come out
pretty nicely, however -- cloying at first, but rounding nicely over the
next few months. It's a very nice beer at this point.
I suspect the issue with the other beer -- the amber lager -- may have
been caused with an excess of Star-San still in my therminator plate
chiller (just a guess). I've noticed I need to be fairly careful
emptying it or quite a bit gets left behind. Could be some kind of
infection, but I haven't seen it anywhere else and it doesn't taste like
any infected beer I've had, and the doppel is fine.
So the bottom line is I'm going to give the yeast another try with a
couple/three of other beers in a month or two. Probably an ofest, a
dunkel and another big doppel. Will report back then...
Cheers -- m
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