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Old 08-11-2007, 02:14 PM   #21
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The biggest difference between Westmalle and Westvleteren yeast is the name on the bottle. From BLaM p.81

On brewing days, a secular worker drives to Westmalle to pick up the yeast for primary fermentation. We don't know when Westvleteren quit using it's own yeast, which might live on in an alterer condition at Saint Bernardus (where Saint Sixtus was contract brewed)...

Westmalle is WLP530 or Wyeast 3787. The 500 is Chimay.


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Old 08-11-2007, 05:25 PM   #22
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The biggest difference between Westmalle and Westvleteren yeast is the name on the bottle. From BLaM p.81

On brewing days, a secular worker drives to Westmalle to pick up the yeast for primary fermentation. We don't know when Westvleteren quit using it's own yeast, which might live on in an alterer condition at Saint Bernardus (where Saint Sixtus was contract brewed)...

Westmalle is WLP530 or Wyeast 3787. The 500 is Chimay.
Thanks for the yeast info, next time I'll try one of those. It would be interesting if Westmalle made a quad/12 to compare the two.


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I'm bumping this while sipping on a Westy 12. I was considering trying to harvest some yeast, but who knows if they use the same strain in the bottle. i am gathering that BLAM says the Westmalle and WestVleteren are the same strain, which is available commercially stateside. i have about 60 bottles of W12 in my cellar because I consider this to be the best beer I have ever had. Do I think it's overrated? No, I think it is underrated. I am an addict and proud of it. I do feel a little guilty since the monks don't approve, but i can't help myself. I have a source and I use it. I would like to try and brew a batch for kicks though. Any Westy fans out there?
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I'm bumping this while sipping on a Westy 12. I was considering trying to harvest some yeast, but who knows if they use the same strain in the bottle. i am gathering that BLAM says the Westmalle and WestVleteren are the same strain, which is available commercially stateside. i have about 60 bottles of W12 in my cellar because I consider this to be the best beer I have ever had. Do I think it's overrated? No, I think it is underrated. I am an addict and proud of it. I do feel a little guilty since the monks don't approve, but i can't help myself. I have a source and I use it. I would like to try and brew a batch for kicks though. Any Westy fans out there?

60 bottles???
What's your source(general info, not looking for a name or anything) if you don't mind my asking? Not looking to mooch, just curious.

I don't have much worthy of trading you for some of those, but beeradvocate.com has an active trading forum where you could get some really great, hard to find beers, as trades for some of those Westy's. I have traded once, and feel overall you'd be safe swapping with someone who has a proven track record on the board. But if their your fav's, maybe you're not interested in swapping. Just FYI. I don't think their overrated either.
What else are you cellaring? Maybe post how they age etc. in my 'cellaring commercial beer' thread. I'd really like those that cellar to post/review to get that thread going and maybe encourage others to start saving beer.
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60 bottles???
What's your source(general info, not looking for a name or anything) if you don't mind my asking? Not looking to mooch, just curious.

I don't have much worthy of trading you for some of those, but beeradvocate.com has an active trading forum where you could get some really great, hard to find beers, as trades for some of those Westy's. I have traded once, and feel overall you'd be safe swapping with someone who has a proven track record on the board. But if their your fav's, maybe you're not interested in swapping. Just FYI. I don't think their overrated either.
What else are you cellaring? Maybe post how they age etc. in my 'cellaring commercial beer' thread. I'd really like those that cellar to post/review to get that thread going and maybe encourage others to start saving beer.
I have some Firestone 11 and Speedway Stout that I am aging right now too. When I say cellar, it's a bit of an overstatement. It's a corner of my garage where I keep some beer. Yes, BA trading is an exciting and addicting pursuit. Mostly good guys if you are careful. I have many mathces for my W12's and plan a new trade soon. Looking to try some Dark Lord. Just traded for some Kuenhen Raspberry Eisbock, which was fun. As far as aging the Westvleteren, I have a hard time doing it, but I am trying to drink it LIFO to see if I can get some to age, which is where these really shine. I have big plans for beer aging, and hope to get an official cellar going as soon as I am done with my Brutus 10 project. I'll check out your thread. If you think of something you want to trade, let me know. I have lots of them because I am afraid the source will dry up. He is in Belgium, of course.

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Yeah you guys suck. I don't believe I know of anywhere around here to get one.
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you lucky %%$&%*&%* I have one Westy in my frig and can't wait for a special occasion that I fear will never come.


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