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Offline mikifin101

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ALE yeast instead of Lager
« on: February 17, 2010, 09:24:36 PM »
HI
I have a recipie for a south african Castle Lager.
Thing is i have never done a lager before, only ales.
Is it possible to use ale yeast instead? how might this affect my beer?

Thanks

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Re: ALE yeast instead of Lager
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2010, 06:46:17 AM »
HI
I have a recipie for a south african Castle Lager.
Thing is i have never done a lager before, only ales.
Is it possible to use ale yeast instead? how might this affect my beer?

Thanks

Lagers need cooler temps.  Depending on your conditions you may need to be able to ferment in the 50's and then cold crash into the 30's.


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Re: ALE yeast instead of Lager
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2010, 07:49:27 AM »
I agree, Lager Yeasts require cooler temps (around 50F for 2-3 weeks) in order to ferment out. You can use an ale yeast with your recipe, however it will not be the same. Lager yeasts usually leave the beer cleaner, meaning they don't impart flavors to the beer.

Some alternatives would be use the most flavor neutral yeast you can find (like WLP001, or S-04).

You could also make what is know as a steam beer. You would use the same Lager yeast, but ferment it at Ale temps. It still wont be the same, but it will be good either way.

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Re: ALE yeast instead of Lager
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2010, 10:35:39 AM »
Nottingham dry yeast is very neutral and its temp range goes down to 57F.  It's not true lager yeast, but it's clean, esp. when firmed that low.  It also flocculates very well, so the beer would clear like a lager.

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Re: ALE yeast instead of Lager
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2010, 06:22:27 PM »
Also, if you are new to brewing...find a recipe of a style you like, a simple recipe at that, and get the ingredients the recipe calls for.

Follow directions, with the proper stuff and you will make beer you like.

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Re: ALE yeast instead of Lager
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2010, 07:51:16 AM »
Try Wyeast 2112 California Lager. Particularly suited for producing 19th century-style West Coast beers. Retains lager characteristics at temperatures up to 65° F, and produces malty, brilliantly-clear beers. Apparent attenuation: 67-71%. Flocculation: high. Optimum temp: 58°-68° F.    I have used it as a lager substitute and am very happy with it. Good Luck
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Re: ALE yeast instead of Lager
« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2010, 02:18:24 AM »
WOW thanks all :-)

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Re: ALE yeast instead of Lager
« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2010, 12:16:14 PM »
I can't see why not.

It'll be an ale.