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A Platinum Strain from White Labs that we now make available all year around. This is a famous Pilsner lager strain from the Southern Czech Republic. Produces dry, crisp lagers with low diacetyl production.
We Recommend you make a yeast starter for all lagers. Because of the cold environment you will need about 4 times as much yeast to successfully ferment a lager. If you don't have a yeast starter pitch 2-4 vials at 60-70F and cool to 48-52F within 12-18 hours. To ferment lagers like the German's and Czech's make an active starter of 2000ml per 5 gallons. Pitch at 45-48F and let it naturally rise to 48-52F. Hold your fermentation at 48-52F for 4-6 weeks in the primary. A diacetyl rest is recommended after the last week of fermentation. Raise to 55-58F for 3-5days and crash to 40F. It is normal if lager fermentation takes 3-4 days to show any sign of krausen after pitching yeast.
Fermentation Temperature: 50-55F
This is the favorite pilsner strain of MoreBeer!'s Christopher Graham.
For best results we always recommend ordering an ice pack with your liquid yeast.