Belgian Wit (M21)
From: Mangrove Jack
Type: Yeast • Packet: Dry
Species: Saccharomyces cerevisiae
A traditional, top-fermenting yeast that has a good balance between fruity esters, and warming spice phenolics. The yeast will leave some sweetness, and will drop bright if left long enough. This yeast has a slightly suppressed Belgian character presenting as phenolic and dry, fruity and very complex character. The mouthfeel is smooth, light, dry and crisp
Brewing Properties of Belgian Wit
The functional properties of brewing yeasts have a direct impact on the performance, quality and economics of the resulting beer.
The alcohol tolerance determines the ABV at which yeast cells go dormant and stop fermenting.
Attenuation refers to the percentage of sugars converted to alcohol and carbon dioxide, as measured by specific gravity.
Flocculation refers to the tendency of yeast to form clumps called "flocs" that drop in order to make the beer clear.
The optimal temperature is the range in which the yeast performs best without putting off any off-flavors. Pitching the yeast into wort usually happens at the low end of the temperature range.
Common Beer Styles using Belgian Wit
These are the most popular beer styles that make use of the Belgian Wit yeast:
Witbier, Spiced Ales
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