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Versatile Yeast

PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 17:07
by rodwha
I love Old Speckled Hen and have been trying to brew something similar. I've only used S-04 dry yeast and want to work with a liquid strain that I can keep going which means I'll need to brew various British style beers. Of those I'd likely brew an IPA, an old ale, and a barleywine. I may even brew a strong mild and northern brown, along with a stout.

Going over a clone recipe for OSH I see that Thames Valley was used. Yet it doesn't cross over to the other beers I'm interested in. I have checked out White Labs. Wyeast shows that London III is the most versatile yeast. What say you?

I'm not looking to clone anything but am aiming to come close. I love OSH above all the others I've tried and really like Samuel Smiths IPA and oatmeal stout.

I have one more packet of S-04 yeast that I think I'll save a sample of for future brewing as I've done with US-05.

Re: Versatile Yeast

PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 17:48
by rlemkin
London Ale III is 'hot right now' in the US for IPAs. I think either that or S-04 would do just fine as a house yeast.

Re: Versatile Yeast

PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 18:37
by GrahamT
WLP007 is reportedly the same strain (Whitbread B) as S-04, so that would be a tidy step. Not much of a top cropper though, if you're harvesting.

Re: Versatile Yeast

PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 19:20
by rodwha
I boil water (3.8 L) and cool it then swirl it on the yeast cake and "wash" it. Then to keep it going I make a larger starter and save the remainder so as to be easier and quicker, and with less chance of issues. Should be cleaner that way.

Thanks for the info on S-04!

Re: Versatile Yeast

PostPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2015 21:03
by Dennis King
Can't go wrong with either WLP002 or WLP013.