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Old 12-27-2006, 02:56 PM   #1
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I recently bought a bottle of Chimay Cinq Cents.

At the bottom was this thick layer of yeast. I drank the beer, then carefully saved the yeast in another container.

Question: I want to make a Tripel, and would like to use this yeast. Anyone know if Belgian brewers or Chimay in general use a different yeast for bottling?

Obviously, the yeast would have to have a high alcohol tolerance if used for bottling, and I doubt they would use something that would cause any off-flavors in that style of beer.

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I had heard that Chimay uses a different strain of yeast for bottling than they do for fermenting. Can anyone confirm?

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In a book detailing some different clone beers they say to harvest the yeast from the bottles of some of the beers and chimay is one of them.

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That's exactly my dilemma--

I have read in the clone brews books that you can harvest and use it.

I've also heard rumors that it is a different strain. It would be nice to "capture" their strain for a tripel I have planned, but I don't want to screw it up by using some unintended strain, either.

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From my understanding, Chimay uses the same unique belgian yeast. I know that Unibroue, on the other hand, uses a more neutral yeast for the bottle fermentation/conditioning.

However, the White Labs #WLP500 Trappist Ale yeast is a strain they got from Chimay, so it's as legit as harvesting from the bottle. I used it in my last batch with great results.

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Well, no matter what you do, it will turn out beer and that is a good thing!

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Well, no matter what you do, it will turn out beer and that is a good thing!
True, but will it turn out a Belgian Trippel, or just some messed up tasting blonde ale??
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The latest BYO (and probably every issue?) has a listing of yeast strains by brewer. It lists Wyeast 1214 and White Labs WLP500 for Chimay. Page 40.

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True, but will it turn out a Belgian Trippel, or just some messed up tasting blonde ale??
mmmm, messed up blonde. Sounds good.
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