Belgian Strong Ale (WY1388)
Type: Yeast • Packet: Liquid
Species: Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. diastaticus
The classic choice for brewing golden strong ales. This alcohol tolerant strain will produce a complex ester profile balanced nicely with subtle phenolics. Malt flavors and aromas will remain even with a well attenuated dry, tart finish. This strain is prone to stalling at approximately 1.035; racking or slight aeration will encourage it to finish fermentation.
Brewing Properties of Belgian Strong Ale
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.
Comparable Beer Yeasts
If you cannot find Belgian Strong Ale (WY1388) anywhere, you can substitute one of the following yeasts for a similiar result.
Common Beer Styles using Belgian Strong Ale
These are the most popular beer styles that make use of the Belgian Strong Ale yeast:
Belgian Tripel, Belgian Style ales
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