S-04 Temperature

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    The wife and I are having some folks over for a Harry Potter marathon, and have overwhelmingly requested a pumpkin spice beer. I've thrown together a super easy 5-gallon extract recipe and am trying to figure out what yeast to use. I feel that S-04 would lend a decent mouthfeel to the beer, but I'm worried that the yeast has too much character for a beer with pumpkin spice already in it. If anyone has experience using this yeast, I'd like to hear your input. If you have other yeast suggestions, fire away!
     
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    I modeled my BIAB Pumpkin Spice Porter after Brewer's Best's extract kit. That kit includes S-04 yeast, so I used it as well. In fact, if I brew today, that's what I'll be brewing. My wife liked it just fine. That beer doesn't appeal to me, though. It did taste like what I was going for.

    http://brewersbestkits.com/assets/1062-2016-pumpkin-spice-recipe.pdf
     
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    Thanks! I'm using a brown ale as a base for this one to try and give it a nice orange-y color. The late addition in the Brewer's Best kit surprises me a little. Did you notice the aroma additions at all? I've got some tettnanger and saaz laying around that I could throw in.
     
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    I'm one step closer to brewing that. I just got back from buying the kit. I'll probably brew it up here in the early evening.

    I'm not the best person to ask about the late additions or aroma. I just did what they said to do. I'm probably the least discriminating member here when it comes to critiquing a beer.
     
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    fwiw, i have a pumpkin spice beer that's finishing fermenting where i used about 2 lbs of carrots in about a 3.5 gallon batch. I don't think it added quite the color i was looking for, but i'll know for sure when i rack and bottle it
     
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    Got it brewed. Stovetop partial boil. Quick brew day. I used S-04 just a couple days ago at about 68°F (ambient basement temperature). It showed signs of life 3 hours after pitching, and looked to be done at day 2. Let's see what this one does.
     
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    Yep! SO4 starts off very fast, well it did for me the last time I used it! I found that it did not ferment down as low as SO 5 though.
    but only about a couple of points.
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    I pitched last night and the beer was already at full krausen when I checked it this morning. This yeast is a beast for sure. I'm actually using it because, as you mentioned, it doesn't attenuate quite as well. I was hoping it would help give the beer a little body to stand up to the spices.
     
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    I made Juicy IPAs using S-04 and turned out OK. I use it for pale ales, IPAs, red/ambers, stouts, porters, black IPAs and they turn out very good. S-04 will work as good at lower temps. and higher ( 22-23C ).

    I always get between 75 and 79% attenuation with this yeast.
     

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