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05/07/07 07:14 PM  
Best yeast for a Blonde
Hi all.

Just putting together a quick straw poll. Planning to make a 1.065, 25 IBU Belg. Blonde.

Just wondering what most of you would consider the best yeast? (Wyeast)

I'm leaning on either Wy. 3787, 3522 or 1214.

Any other suggestions?


Warren -

05/07/07 08:31 PM  
Re: Best yeast for a Blonde
BJCP describes the aroma as, "subtle yeast character that may include spicy phenolics, perfumy or honey-like alcohol... fruity esters (commonly orange-like or lemony)"

This description better fits 3787 and 3522. My personal choice would be 3522 as it has a little more citrus character. I say 1214 isn't a fit because it tends to produce banana and bubblegum esters (which I don't care for).

In the end, it comes down to personal preference. What type of esters do you want?



05/07/07 08:37 PM  
Re: Best yeast for a Blonde
Go with 3787, and use it as a starter for a bigger dark strong for your next brew.
05/09/07 03:50 AM  
Re: Best yeast for a Blonde
Thanks for the help guys. Might use the 3787 I think. What's the best temp on average for this yeast? Start cool and let it warm up or just a steady temp?

Warren -

05/09/07 08:42 AM  
Re: Best yeast for a Blonde
I prefer to start cool and gradually ramp up. With 3787, I'd start around 68F, and ramp up to mid upper 70s.
Sean White
05/10/07 04:54 PM  
Re: Best yeast for a Blonde
I've used both 1214 and 3522 for a blonde. I wasn't entirely happy with either, but I definitely preferred the 3522.

From the 1214 (at 72 degrees)I got some banana that mellowed quite a bit with age, and a bit too much phenol. Also, the beer was surprisingly dark compared to the beer with 3522.

From the 3522 (also at 72 degrees)I got some bubblegum/ complex fruityness, some "dried leaves"aroma, a much lighter phenol character, and a much lighter color and better flocculation. Still, I wasn't entirely happy with this brew. I'd like to play around and try a few more yeasts.

05/10/07 05:41 PM  
Re: Best yeast for a Blonde
My favorite is WLP550

Saisons, Belgian Ales, Belgian Reds, Belgian Browns, and White beers are just a few of the classic Belgian beer styles that can be created with this yeast strain. Phenolic and spicy flavors dominate the profile, with less fruitiness then WLP500.

Attenuation: 78-85%

Flocculation: Medium

Optimum Fermentation Temperature: 68-78F

Alcohol Tolerance: Medium-High

05/10/07 09:08 PM  
Re: Best yeast for a Blonde
I love this yeast and use it just about all of my belgian ales except saison & wit. I tend to ferment these on the cooler side and find it to give off the best flavors. I ferment it in the mid to high 60's:

WLP500 Trappist Ale Yeast

From one of the few remaining Trappist breweries remaining in the world, this yeast produces the distinctive fruitiness and plum characteristics. Excellent yeast for high gravity beers, Belgian ales, dubbels and trippels.

Attenuation: 75-80%

Flocculation: Medium to low

Optimum Fermentation Temperature: 65-72F

Lower temperatures (under 65) will result in less fruity and more earthy beers.

05/11/07 12:17 PM  
Re: Best yeast for a Blonde
Looks like you got votes for all three:

1214 = WLP500 = Chimay

3787 = WLP530 = Westmalle

3522 = WLP550 = Chouffe

Currently I have a blonde I made with WLP575, Belgian Blend. The fermentation profile ended up similar to WLP500, just a little less fruity. I like it better than the Chimay strain, but I still prefer Westmalle and Chouffe.

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