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Old 03-12-2012, 01:06 AM   #1
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Default Chimay yeast (WLP500) is tame?

I used WLP500 for the first time yesterday.

Made a decent starter, and saw signs of fermentation after 5 hours, so I know I didn't under-pitch.

24 hours later and it is going great, but seems to only have a small amount of kraeusen on top (quarter to half inch).

With other Belgians I have used, it would be trying to crawl out of the fermenter by now. This yeast seems tame compared to other Belgian yeasts.

I do use FermCap, but that doesn't seem to affect other Belgian yeasts. It is currently sitting at 72 F.

Anyone else noticed this yeast being 'tame'



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Old 03-12-2012, 01:20 AM   #2
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I don't do a lot of Belgians but compared to both 530 and 545 that I've used recently it was a pretty tame yeast. No blow off, or excessive krausen.



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Old 03-12-2012, 01:21 AM   #3
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Each and every fermentation is differenet. Some go absolutely crazy and some just chug along. I have not been able to figure out what they are going to do...........

Same yeast... similar recipes... wildly different ferments... Go figure.

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That's my go to strain for most Belgians. It's not as crazy as 530, and it's much slower to start, but I think it's worth it. The flavor profile is so damn good with the 500.

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That's my go to strain for most Belgians. It's not as crazy as 530, and it's much slower to start, but I think it's worth it. The flavor profile is so damn good with the 500.
I hoping for good things from it. Started at 68, and am raising the temperature 2 degrees a day, up to 80 F.


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