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Tomc.
03/11/07 03:58 PM  
La Binchoise yeast
Am planning a Belgian blond and would like to use something along the lines of La Binchoise's yeast. (Am going for that violet-scented nose at both La Binchoise and La Chouffe exhibit.)

Can anyone suggest an appropriate Wyeast or White Labs product?

Tom

N8
03/11/07 05:18 PM  
Re: La Binchoise yeast
You could try culturing up the yeast from a bottle of Binchoise. Is there any sediment in the bottom of the bottle?

The La Chouffe can easily be cultured up out of the bottle. Or, if you want, Wyeast has the La Chouffe strain WY3522.

tomc.
03/11/07 09:43 PM  
Re: La Binchoise yeast
N8-- thanks for the advice. I really should try to grab some yeast out of bottles, but I am a little concerned that some pro brewers use different strains when they bottle condition. Wish I had more info about bottling pracitces in Belgium.
N8
03/12/07 10:59 PM  
Re: La Binchoise yeast
From some poking around that I've done, alot of Belgian brewers use the same yeast for bottle conditioning. It's just easier that way, than keeping several strains going.

There are always exceptions, of course, but it doesn't hurt to try.

mheniff
03/20/07 07:57 PM  
Re: La Binchoise yeast
White Labs WLP550 Belgian Ale is also a Chouffe yeast strain. Very reliable and easy to work with, can be fermented on the warm side without problems as well.

Regards,

Mike Heniff

Cisco
03/21/07 12:35 PM  
Re: La Binchoise yeast
The Binchoise special reserve exhibits the addition of lavender. I visited the brewery several years ago and they do add special spicing to their beers. I highly doubt you will get any of the rose/lavender flavors or esters from their yeast.
tomc
03/23/07 06:45 AM  
Re: La Binchoise yeast
I beleive that the aromatic compound I'm trying to come up with is ionone, which *could* be produced during secondary fermentation. A person could also get it from spice too, but I'm not sure what to use. Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm thinking cardamon.
Cisco
03/23/07 10:51 AM  
Re: La Binchoise yeast
lavender flowers
DBear
03/23/07 12:08 PM  
Re: La Binchoise yeast

In a Q&A with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head in BYO Sept 2006 he mentions experimenting with lavendar buds "...Way to many lavendar buds. Drinking it was like tongue-kissing Laura Ashley..." You may wish to practice moderation. (although I don't know what Laura Ashley looks like ;)

 
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