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What is the difference between ale and lager yeast?

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asked 3 years ago by anonymous

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Ale yeast is a top fermenting yeast that performs best in a 58* to 78* F range.
Lager yeast is a bottom fermenting yeast that performs best in a 33* to 50* range.
Always check the manufactures recommend fermentation temperature.
There are some special strains of yeast of each that can handle temperatures outside of this range.
answered 3 years ago by BeerJudge (560 points)

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