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Old 04-09-2012, 11:12 AM   #1
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The other day I had a bottle of Ommegang Abbey Ale. I saw some "yeast" in the bottom of the bottle, so I decided to harvest it. Its been 6 days and it's really taken off. I've stepped it up once and thought about stepping it up once more. I posted a pic in the thread "A Starter is a beautiful thing" thread and a comment saying that they use different yeast to bottle with. I'm not fairly certain that I have the Ommegang strain anyways. Just thought I would ask to see if this is true or not. I was going to do a small batch of beer to see what happens. I've never harvested from a bottle before so I just thought I would try.

If anybody has done this with Ommegang please let me know what's up.

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Old 04-09-2012, 12:45 PM   #2
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Here is a good list of commercial beers that have been successfully harvested. Ommegang is on the list.


http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/com...t-list-262713/

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Old 04-09-2012, 01:48 PM   #3
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I just did the very same thing with a bottle of Hennepin.

Started with 1.020 100ml in the bottle, and stepped it up gradually.

Now it's in 1 litre of 1.040 lightly hopped wort firing away.
I think it's equiv. to White Labs 410. So maybe a Belgian Wit?

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Old 04-09-2012, 06:43 PM   #4
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Does Ommegang do the same as their parent company and add yeast at bottling?

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Old 04-09-2012, 07:57 PM   #5
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they do add yeast but it is yeast that has been top-cropped from their open fermentor. same yeast. i emailed them a while back about it and got a reply from the brewmaster (Phil)

If you have any questions tho you can always email the breweries! I think they feel honored when people try to harvest their yeast

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Old 04-09-2012, 09:11 PM   #6
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They use a proprietary strain that is not available to home brewers, unless you harvest it yourself. Yes, they do add yeast at bottling, but it's the same strain they ferment with. Ive used some from a bottle of hennepin for a saison, and it came out great. Def had some spicyness to it.

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Old 04-09-2012, 10:02 PM   #7
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Any way to check the viability or vitality? I have a new heated stir plate and really want to try and start harvesting more yeast, I was going to go and buy about 4-5 single one gallon jugs and set them up with different strains harvested from different corked bottles and test them with the same wort to check there ability to convert.

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Old 04-10-2012, 12:31 AM   #8
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That's awesome. Thanks for all the info. I'm going to brew with this yeast then. It was a slow start but now its a bit warmer and its still fermenting like a beast. I think placervillebrew is onto something. I dont have the capacity to do that yet. Good luck.
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@placervillebrew that sounds like a good idea i may have to do that to. If it works out u get a good amount of viable yeast for a 5 gal batch and some beer to try.

I just brewed with the ommegang yeast and WOW. I tried it last night and it was down from 1.070 to 1.025 in 5 days with the first 2 days i roused the yeast but it tasted AMAZING!!! It had a bready/yeasty, banana, clove, fruitiness to it. I am a bit worried about how long its taking to get through the sugars. From what i hear about belgian yeast they just devour sugars. Since it smells and tastes amazing i am not too worried just curious. Also my fermentation temp is around 75 which seams like its on the low end.

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Old 04-26-2012, 05:53 PM   #10
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I just brewed 10 gallons of wit with the dregs of there white. Stepped up the starter a few times and it went nuts in the fermenters!

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