French Saison (WY3711)
Type: Yeast • Packet: Liquid
Species: Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. diastaticus
STA1 gene: Yes
A very versatile strain that produces Saison or farmhouse style beers as well as other Belgian style beers that are highly aromatic (estery), peppery, spicy and citrusy. This strain enhances the use of spices and aroma hops, and is extremely attenuative but leaves an unexpected silky and rich mouthfeel. This strain can also be used to re-start stuck fermentations or in high gravity beers.
Brewing Properties of French Saison
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 French Saison (WY3711) anywhere, you can substitute one of the following yeasts for a similiar result.
Common Beer Styles using French Saison
These are the most popular beer styles that make use of the French Saison yeast:
Saison, Witbier & Belgian Ales
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