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Gout

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Ok, after a total #$% of a day I decided to buy a James Squire Porter and Cascade Pale Ale of the way home (10:30pm)

The pale ale was light clean slight sweet then bitter... nice!

the porter thinish, nice head, very Choc! Nice!!!

Now i have never brewed Ale..or what ever Porter is

Whats the difference between a Pale ale and a Lager or Pilsner


I might have to start brewing Ale if thats the case dame nice!

How do they get the pale ale so very clean and crisp! no other flavours just very clean
 

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Some one correct me if I'm wrong

I belive the main difference between lagers and ales
is the type of yeast used.

lager yeast is a top fermenting yeast that works best at lower temps

ale yeast is a bottom fermenter and likes it slightly warmer, low 20's
 

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I forgot to add
that ales are usally not as carbonated as lagers
 

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So if you prep a wort (say a very light pilsner malt) then you need to Yeast it

if you use a Lager yeast its a Pilsner/Lager
if you use a Alf Yeats its a pale ale

(again vary the C02 to suit)

maybe different hops , bitter / aroma's?


interesting i guess then the coopers Lager kits i used to make were really a Ale then? since it had a Ale Yeast?
 

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I'd say pretty much 95% of the "lager" kits out there in aus stores are ales. They all ship with ale yeast. Theres a few exceptions though, I beleive a few ship with genuine lager yeast, but specify that you need to keep the brew below 15 to retain lager characteristics.
 

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