Better choice of yeast for MJ's New Zealand pale ale

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Twopan

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I regularly make the Mangrove Jack's Brewer's Series New Zealand pale, with beer enhancer or LME. My partner loves the beer. I have read you could improve it by chucking away the very basic yeast that comes with it and substituting one of the MJ's better yeasts. The question is - which one is most suitable? I don't want to change the character of the brew, just further improve the finished product. Thanks!
 

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If you’re going to order the Pia, try adding 50g of their Māori Mingle hop mix to your order too and dry hop with it. It’s a lovely blend. It’s NZ hop mix so should suit your kit 👍🏻
 

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The kit comes with M44 IIRC, which is not really a basic yeast, it's almost certainly repackaged Lallemand Bry-97, which is at least the equal of other dry yeasts. I can't distinguish a difference. Bry-97 is one of the better dry yeasts IMO. Changing yeast is a good way to vary a beer a bit though. US-05 is very similar to M44 but I think gives ,more hop expression. You could try Pia for comparison, or Nottingham or Verdant IPA. S-04 can suit this type of ale too.
 

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If you’re going to order the Pia, try adding 50g of their Māori Mingle hop mix to your order too and dry hop with it. It’s a lovely blend. It’s NZ hop mix so should suit your kit 👍🏻
Interesting thanks
 

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The kit comes with M44 IIRC, which is not really a basic yeast, it's almost certainly repackaged Lallemand Bry-97, which is at least the equal of other dry yeasts. I can't distinguish a difference. Bry-97 is one of the better dry yeasts IMO. Changing yeast is a good way to vary a beer a bit though. US-05 is very similar to M44 but I think gives ,more hop expression. You could try Pia for comparison, or Nottingham or Verdant IPA. S-04 can suit this type of ale too.
Thanks - helpful
 

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