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Old 06-29-2012, 04:23 PM   #1
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Default Belgian Blonde Yeast Suggestion

I'm looking to make a lower gravity(1.050-1.060) Belgian blonde soon and need to decide on a yeast. I have access to Wyeast, and am considering 3522, 1388, and 3711. I'm looking for something a little fruity and slightly tart and refreshing, and lower on Belgian funk. If anyone from St. Louis can help, I'm trying to create something similar to Perennial's Southside Blonde. I'll take any suggestions. Thanks.

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Old 06-29-2012, 04:32 PM   #2
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Don't use 3711, it will be very tart and fruity as its a Saison Yeast.

I am actually going to use some 1762 in my next Blonde and rack onto Strawberrys. But I have 1762 that I harvested from a prior batch.

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I hadn't considered 1762. Isn't that the Rochefort strain? I used that in a Rochefort 8 clone, but didn't think about it as a good blonde yeast. It is lighter on the phenolics, but does it have some spiciness to it?

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Have you tried 3463? If you keep the temps moderate, it is a mild fruit with a tart finish. It's got a belgian funk smell while fermenting, but it doesn't make it into the finished beer. It plays well with the citrus in wits, but I haven't tried it with a blonde.

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Did a little more research on the yeasts and it seems that 3522 makes a pretty good blonde ale. And I've always wanted to try 3463 in a Belgian wit. So, I went down to the lhbs and got some yeast. Didn't have 3463, but I did get 3522. And I've got some 1762 frozen from a previous batch, so I'll do a split batch and compare the two yeasts.
Anyone with experience with 3522, what fermentation temperature schedule did you use?

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1762 is usually for Darker higher gravity belgians....Wyeast says it can be used for Belgian Blondes...I was thinking of doing the same thing as you. Split a batch and use two types of yeast. I actually made an swesome strawberry blonde with a crazy ferment, I will look up the type.

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I let 3522 run at room temps and was very happy with the results. I guess it was low 70s in the room and high 70s in the fermenter.

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Last time I made a blonde, turns out I used 1762 and had a vigourous and crazy ferment.

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Last time I made a blonde, turns out I used 1762 and had a vigourous and crazy ferment.
When you used 1762 what temps did you ferment at?
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1762 does seem to be very popular for blondes, if you decide to go with it just watch out for fusels:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/wyeast-1762-fusel-alcohol-323599/

If you don't have a way to keep the temp down for the first 48 hours you might want to go with something else.

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