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Old 08-11-2012, 03:31 AM   #1
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Does anyone have experience with this yeast? I'm doing a Belgian Blonde next weekend, and saw this at Midwest. If you have used it, any thoughts/feelings about it?

 
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:57 AM   #2
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I've used it once just to test it. I brewed a hefeweissen recipe, split it into 3 gallons each and pitched T58 and WB06 for comparison's sake. I picked up some spice and pepper from the T58 when I originally kegged it. I haven't tapped it yet though, the WB06 is on tap. I figured the Belgian strain might prefer some maturing, versus the true Hefe which was ideal fresh. the T58 was the first to take off after pitching. I had rehydrated both. It was actively fermenting within 4 hours. The WB06 was about a half day behind. Both packs were purchased the same time and I recall they were similar dates, but I don't have any notes on it.
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:03 AM   #3
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This is good info. I'll probably go ahead and use it anyways next weekend, but very curious to see how yours turns out!

 
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Old 08-11-2012, 05:53 AM   #4
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Well, based on your post, dunked a juice glass and took a sample. The spice is not noticeable anymore. Aroma is sweet with fruit notes, mango or citrus. I had dry hopped this half with 15g of Nelson Sauvin. Flavor is doughy with fruity esters and a dry finish. I reckon that doesn't sound very good, but it is. No mistaking it's a Belgian yeast. These were just basic beers aimed for my non-hop loving wife and her friends. They fit the bill and still satisfy me.
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:44 PM   #5
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I've used this yeast in a Belgian Wit, and it came out very well. Fermented in the mid 60's and got a nice balance of spice, clove, and phenols. Gave delicate fruit flavors with some nice sweetness from the yeast. Based on that, I would think it would work well in a Belgian blonde. Also, fermented fast. I bottled it after 2 weeks in the primary and then it was ready to drink after 2-3 weeks in the bottle. It also aged well. Flavors were probably best after 1.5 months in the bottle, but it continued to taste good for 6 months when the batch was all drank.

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Old 09-09-2012, 04:32 AM   #6
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Drinking the Belgian blonde I made with this now. Turned out rather nicely! Fruity esters for sure on this batch.

 
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Old 09-09-2012, 10:34 PM   #7
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I've just used it to bottle condition a barleywine, but it worked well for that.

 
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