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Old 02-16-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
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Default WLP 550 for a wheat beer?

I did a search here and came up with one thread where someone tried WLP 550 Belgium Ale with WLP 400 for a wit beer. Never posted the results, unfortunately. Anyone ever do a Belgium wheat with 550 and compare with other wheat beer yeasts (belgium or otherwise?) Wheat beers seem to get a lot of character from the yeast, but so do Belgium's.

I am thinking of doing a dark wheat beer and testing 550 with another wheat yeast to see the difference. However, any advice or experience would really help! Thanks!

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Old 02-16-2012, 07:25 PM   #2
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Your searching will almost certainly go better if you use the adjective "Belgian" instead of the noun "Belgium" as part of your search terms. You wouldn't search for a "Germany hefeweizen", would you? I'm not trying to be an ass; it really will help the search process.

That said, I think 550, at relatively high temps, would give a very nice effect in a witbier style ale. No, it won't be the same as one of the wit specific strains, but 550 is surprisingly close. I've never done a split wort test with any of these strains, but after drinking a lot of beers made with 550, and using it once, that's my impression, for what it's worth.

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Belgian/Belgium wasn't even in my search, as I used "550" and "wheat" in my search. Anyway, the point is taken about using the adjective. I wasn't paying attention!

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550 won't give you a Hefeweizen or a Wit, but it will give you a great beer. I would give it a little longer to age than a hefe or wit (both of which can be drunk young).

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Belgian/Belgium wasn't even in my search, as I used "550" and "wheat" in my search. Anyway, the point is taken about using the adjective. I wasn't paying attention!
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Just to say it... I love the 550.

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550 won't give you a Hefeweizen or a Wit, but it will give you a great beer. I would give it a little longer to age than a hefe or wit (both of which can be drunk young).
Hmmm, I had forgotten the fact of wheat beers are best young. I also like my wheat's cloudy, and if 550 flocs well, then that would defeat the purpose. Probably best to let wheat's be fermented with yeasts specific for them. I still may give it a shot, make a 5 gallon batch and split it. Ferment 1 gallon with 550 and the rest with another yeast.

I've been intrigued by information out of BLAM talking about how brewers want to make beers drinkable (aka more attenuated.) I am new to belgian yeasts, having never tried them. I plan on testing various beers with them to see how or even IF I like them. Thus the reason for the thread. WLP 550 seems like a yeast fit for many styles just based on what WLP website says, and so, I am starting here.
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