Originally Posted by subwyking
so an unfiltered wheat beer is a sure bet to steal yeast?
Not according to my research. Apparently most wheat beers, at least hefes, are bottled with a "bottling strain" of yeast for bottle conditioning which is not
the same as the "primary strain" used for fermenting the wort. There were one or two exceptions, but I don't remember which they were.
I remember encountering several web pages with lists of beers that were appropriate for culturing yeasts including footnotes as to which ones were primary strains and which were likely bottling strains. I'll try to remember to post them this evening.
Edit: couldn't wait...here's a pretty comprehensive resource:http://www.nada.kth.se/~alun/Beer/Bottle-Yeasts/
Here is speculation as to what strains certain Wyeast strains actually are:http://smurman.best.vwh.net/zymurgy/...s+source&hl=en