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Old 01-14-2010, 09:38 PM   #1
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So Im brewing BM's Lighthaus Wheat which calls for SafAle 05. Well my lhbs was out of the 05 but they had the Safbrew WB-06, so I decided to give it a shot. Anyone have experience with this yeast? I really don't want anything too estery...

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Well, Safale 05 is a neutral yeast and from the reviews on the WB-06, it really is not what you would expect from a liquid wheat yeast,never tried it but there is a lot of diifference between the dry and the liquid. But since it is a wheat beer you should be fine.
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I'm not a fan of the WB-06, really clovey.

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You could try White Labs WLP001 California Ale (liquid) or Danstar's Nottingham (dry) instead of Safale US-05.

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I'm not a fan of the WB-06, really clovey.
man, it sounds like I need to get something else. They had 04 but I just saw the one for wheat beers and it made sense. Im not huge on the clovey taste...
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K-97 is great for American wheats. Its clean with very low flocculation.

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Is Coopers yeast fairly neutral? I have some for backup but have never used it. Brewing today thanks for the help

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I use WB-06 quite often. Its not a neutral yeast like US-05, but it also doesn't have the same level of esters as a Hefe yeast either. I think it makes a nice wheat beer (although many on this forum disagree). If you haven't used it before, I say give it a try and judge for yourself.

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I use WB-06 quite often. Its not a neutral yeast like US-05, but it also doesn't have the same level of esters as a Hefe yeast either. I think it makes a nice wheat beer (although many on this forum disagree). If you haven't used it before, I say give it a try and judge for yourself.
+1. For an American Wheat it'll be fine, and will make a decent beer. If you really want to minimize any clove flavors, try to keep your fermentation temps low - though TBH when I've used it, I didn't notice much in the way of flavor contribution from the yeast anyway, so you should be ok.
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+1 to WB-06
+1 to the last two posts (Jumbo82 and Danek)

Made a Honey Orange Hefe (honey malt, not actual honey) and it fermented around 62. Excellent flavor profile; it fit perfectly for the American Wheat style. One thing I noticed was that it flocculates much more than other wheat/hefe yeasts I've used in the past. But that's okay as the last 1/4 of the keg was a krystalweiss. Two beers in one!

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