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MikeFallopian 06-05-2012 10:55 AM

Safbrew W-06
 
I've got some W-06 in the fridge and was wondering what it would be best for: witbier or hefeweizen?

zegolf 06-05-2012 12:00 PM

Isn't SafBrew WB-06 a true belgian strain of yeast? Probably be better in a Witbier, if that's the case, considering a Wit is more of a belgian beer than hefes.

Ultimately, though, it's whatever you feel like making. Homebrewing is just one big experiment anyway, right?

goodsuds 06-05-2012 04:23 PM

I just brewed a batch of beer using WB-06 and my ferm temps were on the high side (72-74*F). It produced a strong banana flavor and smell, but after 2 weeks of conditioning in the bottle the banana taste was gone but the smell was still there. Now 4 weeks later it has no banana flavor or smell. I bottled it after 3 weeks in the primary.

ghpeel 06-05-2012 10:54 PM

WB-06 is a weird one. Some folks swear by it for American Wheats, I guess because, as goodsuds says, the banana flavor is very mild, or drops off completely. I used it once on a Weizenbock and liked it (but it took like 6 months to smooth out) and once in a split batch Dunkleweizen, and dumped it after several weeks. It was nasty, spicy and weird.

Bottom line for me is that I won't be using WB-06 again in a Hefeweizen, but I think it might be OK in a Wit.

MikeFallopian 06-06-2012 11:49 AM

Hmm... what to do, what to do.

I've seen others mentioning good results for a hefe with the WB-06, though reviews overall are pretty mixed.

I've also got some S-33 knocking around, which is meant to be pretty good for a Wit. Should I blend them?

I do fancy making a hefe though, so I may take a gamble...

goodsuds 06-06-2012 02:00 PM

How about Brewferm Blanche?

EDIT: For a Wit that is...

goodsuds 06-06-2012 03:31 PM

If you're dead set on using the WB-06 for a Hefeweizen I would suggest keeping the temps low. Most everything I've read about getting good results with it suggests keeping the temps in the low to mid 60's.

jlpred55 06-06-2012 07:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MikeFallopian (Post 4147945)
Hmm... what to do, what to do.

I've seen others mentioning good results for a hefe with the WB-06, though reviews overall are pretty mixed.

I've also got some S-33 knocking around, which is meant to be pretty good for a Wit. Should I blend them?

I do fancy making a hefe though, so I may take a gamble...

S-33 is NOT a belgian yeast. It is pretty widely believed to be the old EDME strain- unless you really mess with it, it is fairly clean and a touch bready. It is not meant for hefes or wits not matter what the manufacturer says.

MikeFallopian 06-07-2012 11:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jlpred55 (Post 4149395)
S-33 is NOT a belgian yeast. It is pretty widely believed to be the old EDME strain- unless you really mess with it, it is fairly clean and a touch bready. It is not meant for hefes or wits not matter what the manufacturer says.

Interesting - others on here have recommended using S-33 for a Wit, despite it being the old EDME strain. What would you recommend doing with this yeast then?

I also have some T-58 lying around, which others have recommended using for a Belgian Ale. What are your thoughts on that yeast?

jhoyda 06-07-2012 03:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by goodsuds (Post 4145545)
I just brewed a batch of beer using WB-06 and my ferm temps were on the high side (72-74*F). It produced a strong banana flavor and smell, but after 2 weeks of conditioning in the bottle the banana taste was gone but the smell was still there. Now 4 weeks later it has no banana flavor or smell. I bottled it after 3 weeks in the primary.

I did the EXACT same thing. I tried a bottle after about 8 days. Carbonation was there, but the banana was overpowering! I was bummed thinking I may have made a batch I couldn't drink. Tried another bottle at 14 days and the banana is almost gone and the hops are coming through:D


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