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wetherel
09/17/09 07:51 PM  
Difference between WL and Wyeast B. Lambicus
I'm brewing with WLP653 described as "High intensity Brett character. Defines the "Brett character": Horsey, smoky and spicy flavors." I spilled a starter of it in my car, and the description is pretty accurate. I get the same smell out of my fermenter. Will this ever change to cherry pie like aroma when fermented with Lactobacillus at low pH, or should I switch to Wyeast 5526 for my next batch?

Wyeast 5526 is described as "Produces a pie cherry-like flavor and sourness along with distinct brett character."

DanF
09/18/09 06:23 AM  
Re: Difference between WL and Wyeast B. Lambicus
I think the flavors and intensity produced from Brett is so highly variable, especially when you change the grain bill and fermentation schedule. The two Brett L beers I made (both Wyeast, no other bugs/yeast) are mildly cherry like, but nothing over the top. The dry stout has a nice cherry flavor that compliments the roast, but interestingly, it's still evolving in the bottle. Lacto doesn't really produce much flavor, just acidity and a light lemon note so I doubt you should switch up the Bretts. Folks with more experience can probably explain why the Brett strains are not comparable between Wyeast/WLP.
Al B
09/18/09 09:06 AM  
Re: Difference between WL and Wyeast B. Lambicus
They are two different strains despite the nomenclature. The WL strain will not give you the cherryish flavor. So you will need to switch to the WY strain.
Ryane
09/18/09 10:22 AM  
Re: Difference between WL and Wyeast B. Lambicus
Has anyone gotten a strong cherry flavor from WY Brett L?

Ive used it a couple times now and it always seems to have a strong cherry nose but no flavor, Im guess Im just curious about the environment(temp etc) your using to get this flavor

ErikH
09/18/09 12:48 PM  
Re: Difference between WL and Wyeast B. Lambicus
"I spilled a starter of it in my car"

LOL, automotive yeast culturing activities. I love America!

Or maybe this should be "don't decant and drive"?

FrancoisMtl
09/18/09 03:41 PM  
Re: Difference between WL and Wyeast B. Lambicus
I brewed a quad which I aged with Brett B (WL) and sour cherries some years back and I brewed it again almost 2 years ago but aged it with Brett L (WL) and the same amount of sour cherries. Batch 1 has a nice balance of brett and cherries flavots while batch 2 shows almost no brett character but the cherry flavors are over the top. Way too much IMO. I always thought the brett strain had something to do with it.

Francois

wetherel
09/18/09 09:58 PM  
Re: Difference between WL and Wyeast B. Lambicus
It is turning out to be harder to get Wyeast 5526. Two of my local homebrew stores says Wyeast's minimum order is 10 packets/strain, so they don't carry them. Morebeer.com is close to San Diego, where I live, but they don't carry it either. Which online store should I order from? Does anybody from San Diego have a culture?
B-Dub
09/19/09 12:45 AM  
Re: Difference between WL and Wyeast B. Lambicus
William's Brewing is good about packing it in cold packs.
JeffB
09/21/09 12:45 AM  
Re: Difference between WL and Wyeast B. Lambicus
I live in San Diego and when I don't use WL from Homebrew Mart I order WY packs from Northern Brewer. I like them and have had good experiences when ordering from them.
B-Dub
09/21/09 11:16 PM  
Re: Difference between WL and Wyeast B. Lambicus
I like Williams Brewing because they are located in the SF Bay Area and shipping to southern California is quick. With any luck the temperatures during shipping are cool.
 
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