The most popular German wheat beer strain used worldwide. Produces a balance of banana esters and clove phenolics that can be skewed depending on various conditions – e.g., increased ester production through increasing the fermentation temperature, increasing the wort density, and decreasing the pitch rate or over pitching to reduce or nearly eliminate banana character. Decreasing the ester level will allows higher clove character to be perceived. Sulfur is commonly produced, but will dissipate with conditioning. This strain is very powdery and will remain in suspension for an extended amount of time following attenuation. This is true top cropping yeast and requires fermenter headspace of 33%.
Optimum Ferm Temp: 64-75°F - 17.5-24°C
Alcohol Tolerance: High up to 10%
Compares to WLP300 and WY3068
Omega Yeast Labs’ is based in Chicago and their standard is to provide breweries with pitchable quantities of fresh, made-to-order pure yeast.
Founder and CEO Lance Shaner received a Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics from the University of Texas – Houston. Lance has 9 years of laboratory experience, including 5 years of original research on the stress response of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (a.k.a. brewer’s yeast). Lance has been an avid homebrewer for 14 years and continues actively homebrewing today.
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