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Old 05-10-2011, 08:22 PM   #1
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Default Hefeweizen Yeast to Harvest From Commercial Bottle

Does anybody know of any American/German Wheat Beers (Hefeweizen) that use the primary strain in bottling? I despise purchasing yeast and get a kick out of harvesting it. I am looking for a hefe yeast with banana/clove/bubblegum character for a refreshing summertime hefe and a possible weizenbock.

I don't want neutral yeast from some crappy beer like oberon or widmer american wheat (I can't call it hefe).


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Old 05-10-2011, 09:36 PM   #2
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I think that hefe isn't filtered, henceforth the cloudiness. Any good german hef will have the yeast slurry at the bottom


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Old 05-10-2011, 10:28 PM   #3
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I think that hefe isn't filtered, henceforth the cloudiness. Any good german hef will have the yeast slurry at the bottom
While its true that german weizens aren't filtered, they are usually pastuerized and then a 2nd yeast is added back at bottling along with some unfermented wort to induce carbonation. That being said, I don't know which weizens may have the primary strain in the bottle.
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If you can get it, Live Oak's Heffe has a killer strain in it that I have used for great results. Its a true blue Bavarian strain. I think that beer is only available on tap and growler fills in Texas though. SOrry guess im no help
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Sierra Nevada Kellerweis. It's a beast, too! I'm using it in a Hefe as we speak.
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SN Kellerweis for sure.
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Schneider Weisse and Gutmann Hefeweizen are the most popular ones to harvest from in Germany.

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If you can get it, Live Oak's Heffe has a killer strain in it that I have used for great results. Its a true blue Bavarian strain. I think that beer is only available on tap and growler fills in Texas though. SOrry guess im no help
This is a big help as I live in Texas and can get growlers of this fairly easily....

Hmm.. I may need to harvest the yeast from their Primus also...


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