Just wanted to say how much I like this yeast, although I've yet to have a taste of the product it creates
First, I'll start with my recipe:
1/2 lb. Flaked wheat
1/2 lb. Cara-pils
6 lbs. wheat DME
1oz. Tradition for 60 min.
1oz. Tradition for 15 min.
Quart starter(my first) WLP300
Simple, I know, but the stuff just smells great!
I made the starter with light DME and I was worried that monkeys would invade my house as the bannana aroma was crazy!
Upon cooling and pitching I had more of the same(bannana aroma) less than 12 hours later and for about two days as the blowoff (also my first) bubbled like mad. The crazy thing is the krausen never got within an inch of the lid of my 6.5 gallon bucket. I guess the water bath with bottled ice cubes does work. It has stayed in the low 60's for six days with decreasing ice additions to the water bath. After three days I switched to an airlock, and the aroma quickly changed to a mix of sour/sulphur/clovey/peppery mix. It was pretty nasty smelling. The airlock has continued to slowly bubble the whole time, and I pulled the lid last night because I just couldn't stand it! There was a nasty looking creamy foam with hunks of what looks like yeast sitting on top! This stuff is crazy-nasty and I like it.
I took a quick whiff before sealing it back up and found the bannana aroma that had been missing. It'll go to bottle on Memorial day or the day after, and the two weeks after that will be HELL waiting to sample.
I don't know if I'm just excited to break away from the simple american ales I've been brewing, or this stuff is just magic in a vial. I'm inspired to save some and have paid great attention to Berniebrewer's washing thread as I intend to try another new technique with this brew.
This is batch number five in my "homebrewing re-birth", and the next should be another wheat with peach (via the wife's request).
1)How much DME to carbonate this? I've always put in the 5oz. packets from the LHBS but I feel like this needs more carbonation and I have some extra DME to use.
2)Anyone recommend a good peach wheat extract recipe so that I can appease SWMBO and have something to drink on the lawnmower? I already bought 2oz. of strisselspalt for this and would like to use a dried yeast. I have the other 1/2 lbs. of cara-pils and flaked wheat mixed in a bag to use as well. I know I'm almost there, I guess I just need a wheat yeast reccomendation so that I can brew and wonder how to add the peach as this will be my first fruit addition.