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Old 12-27-2010, 07:14 PM   #1
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Default What commercial yeast to use for SN Kellerweis 'clone'?

I'm trying to decide between WL320 and WL300.

The SN Kellerweis tastes rather clean compared to other wheat beers I've tried so i'm not sure if the WL320 should be used rather than the WL300. Then again, isn't the Kellerweis a German wheat to begin with?

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Old 12-27-2010, 07:51 PM   #2
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Also, I assume one of the WL vials is enough for 5 gallons? I'm doing 2.5 gallon batches.

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It's a German hefeweizen yeast from a small commercial brewery in Germany, your best bet is culturing it from the bottle AFAIK none of the normally available strains is all that close.

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If it were me, I'd just culture the yeast from a bottle or two of kellerweis. That's what I've done in the past for beers with unique yeast strains (the last one I did was North Coast PranQster) and it's worked out well.

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Also, I assume one of the WL vials is enough for 5 gallons? I'm doing 2.5 gallon batches.

It's not. You can get away with one for 2.5 gallons though

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Thanks for the help thus-far

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Culture the yeast from the bottle. It's a unique strain. Cultures very easily. Try and get as fresh bottles as possible. They put the dates on their boxes.

I've done it and tried several times to get something similar to kepperweis, but failed every time. Really disapointed with the yeast. I understand they use large shallow open fermenters which helps create some of the flavors from the yeast. I get close, but it's sort of boring.

I've given up with it. Good luck on your attempts.

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