Make tart beers without having to kettle sour.
Lactic Magic is a wild strain of Lachancea thermotolerans sour yeast that we captured in a Guelph backyard. Lactic Magic produces lactic acid from glucose in your wort. Compared to similar products, Lactic Magic displays enhanced citrus and tropical fruit aromatics and softer acidity. Since it is a yeast, Lactic Magic can be used to make hop-forward sour beers without annoying re-boiling steps!
Usage notes: Added glucose (dextrose) is required for lactic acid production. Fermentation is slower than Saccharomyces but faster than Brett. Requires adequate nutrients and oxygen.
Escarpment Labs was started in 2013 by three fine fellows in Ontario. Richard Preiss started isolating the yeast strains he used in his homebrewing. This piqued the interest of his labmate Angus Ross - also a homebrewer and beer geek. Soon enough, they were both isolating yeasts from bottles of beer as well as the Ontario wilderness, resulting in a large and diverse strain collection. We now have an expansive collection of both innovative and in-demand yeasts - some available now, with many more in the development pipeline. Nate Ferguson, an instructor at the Niagara College Brewmaster Program, has since joined the team, his technical expertise in all things beer and yeast helping us to produce high-quality cultures on an industrial scale.