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Old 08-09-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default Any yeast suggestions for a Belgian Imperial Stout?

I'm designing a Belgian Imperial Stout after having a Troubadour Imperial Stout (Brouwerij De Musketiers). Basically, the beer has a coffee aroma, with very low hop levels, 9% alc, and a very Guinness-like flavor and smoothness. So I need a yeast to provide the "belgian funk", almost like a slight sourness.

I considered Wyeast 3724 (Belgian Saison), but this beer will be so flavorful that I'm not sure it's worth the hassle of that notorious yeast. Wyeast's PC "Belgian Stout" yeast isn't currently available.

My current recipe is (3.0 gal):
6.0 lb Pale Malt-Belgium 64%
2.0 lb Barley, Flaked 21%
1.0 lb Cane/Beet Sugar 11%
0.4 lb Black Barley 4%

Hops: 35 IBU
OG: 1.084

I've done a lot of searching, but Belgian Imperial Stouts are pretty rare amongst homebrewers.

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For funk, but I don't think sourness, perhaps try WLP670 American Farmhouse. I haven't used it myself yet, but I have a vial hopefully heading my way (my wife forgot it in a friends fridge in the states, but someone else is supposed to bring it over next week.) I'm planning to brew a Pannepot inspired Belgian dark strong based on Tall Yotie and CSI's efforts - except pitch the WLP670 for some funkiness instead of the recommended T58 yeast.

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I think you're looking for wlp 550. Check out the chart and decide for yourself:

http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/belgianchart.pdf

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Yeah, 500 or 550 probably. 500 had no problem with my Dubbel, getting to about 8%.

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If you want the fruity, estery notes go with a trappist or abbey strain. If you want more of the spicy and clove notes, go with a wit strain. None of those will really give you any sourness though.

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Thanks for the suggestions guys, and a big shout out to Mojzis for the White Labs .pdf file. It looks like 500 or 550 would be perfect.

For the twinge of sour, I'm thinking of doing a small sour mash a couple days beforehand, that will make up 5% to 10% of the mash. Need to do some research on that.

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I'm designing a Belgian Imperial Stout after having a Troubadour Imperial Stout (Brouwerij De Musketiers). Basically, the beer has a coffee aroma, with very low hop levels, 9% alc, and a very Guinness-like flavor and smoothness. So I need a yeast to provide the "belgian funk", almost like a slight sourness.

I considered Wyeast 3724 (Belgian Saison), but this beer will be so flavorful that I'm not sure it's worth the hassle of that notorious yeast. Wyeast's PC "Belgian Stout" yeast isn't currently available.

My current recipe is (3.0 gal):
6.0 lb Pale Malt-Belgium 64%
2.0 lb Barley, Flaked 21%
1.0 lb Cane/Beet Sugar 11%
0.4 lb Black Barley 4%

Hops: 35 IBU
OG: 1.084

I've done a lot of searching, but Belgian Imperial Stouts are pretty rare amongst homebrewers.
I've had this one a few times, and I'm in love with it. Saw the 750 ml bottles on sale for $3.99 and decided to pick up a few. Man... what a great brew.

Decided to try and find a recipe for it and came across this thread. Thanks for posting.


By the way, I'd go with the WLP530, myself. That's what I'm doing.
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I've had this one a few times, and I'm in love with it. Saw the 750 ml bottles on sale for $3.99 and decided to pick up a few. Man... what a great brew.

Decided to try and find a recipe for it and came across this thread. Thanks for posting.


By the way, I'd go with the WLP530, myself. That's what I'm doing.
I still haven't brewed it yet, though. I tried the beer again, and I think the recipe idea I posted was way off. The beer tasted much more related to barley wine than Guinness. Here's what I'm currently thinking (5-gal):

11.0 lb pale malt (79%)
1.0 lb Flaked barley (7%)
0.5 lb Black barley (4%)
0.5 lb Special B malt (4%)
1.0 lb beet sugar (7%)

Est. OG = 1.074
Est Color = 29 SRM
Bitterness = 31 IBU
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Haven't had the Troubadour, but the Rochefort strain makes a ridiculously good stout. It's not going to make for a sour beer, of course, but it's a good start for the base beer. Are you sure you want sourness? Yes, there are soured stouts, and some people like them, but I find the flavor combination (sourness with roasty bitterness) to be unpleasant.

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Don't forget about 570. It's the Duvel strain. Another good choice might be the wyeast 3942. I haven't used it yet, but I've got a pack in the fridge becasue I think it's from De Dolle. Why Wyeast calls it 'Belgian Wheat', I have no idea as I'm pretty sure De Dolle doesn't make a wheat beer. They do make an export stout and are one of the best small breweries in Belgium.

If you want a fuller sour profile, think about pitching one of the bug cocktails into secondary and letting it do it's thing for a while. I'm planning on doing a stout (or something strong and dark) with the 3942 and then brett C in secondary. Shouldn't be sour, but I'm hoping it is complex and yummy.

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