With a myriad of flavours and aromas embraced by master brewers all over Belgium, this strain has been specially developed to bring the best of these flavors to the home or craft brewer. Belgian ale yeast is an exceptional top-fermenting yeast strain creating distinctive beers with spicy, fruity and peppery notes. Ideal for fermentation of Belgian Saison or farmhouse style beers, but also suitable for other Belgian styles. This yeast is highly attenuative and has a high ethanol tolerance that makes it ideal for creating most Belgian beer styles, including Quadrupel styles of up to 14% ABV. At higher alcohol levels fermentation may take longer but the strain is robust enough to deal with almost anything. This strain successfully brings the sophistication of classic Belgian ale production to the home and small brewery.
RECOMMENDED TEMPERATURE RANGE:
(5- high, 1- low)
FLOCCULATION RATE: 3
VIABLE YEAST CELLS: >5 x 109 CFU/gram
DRY WEIGHT: 93 â€“ 96%
WILD YEAST: <1 per 106 cells
TOTAL BACTERIA: <1 per 106 cells
GMO STATUS: GMO Free
The Belgian Ale Yeast strain is a long slow fermenter especially at very high gravities producing a moderately light krausen that never threatens to overflow the fermenter. A fairly long lag phase is typical and can extend to a full 24 hours after pitching, primary fermentation will build in intensity and temperature after this period while never threatening to get out of hand, wort of 1.050 can be at 1.010 in 7 days but this strain will ferment down to between 1.002 and 1.005 so care must be taken at bottling. This strain has an extremely high alcohol tolerance up to 14% abv although this can take as long as a month to finish. Warmer fermentation temperatures of 79-90 Â°F (26-32 Â°C) are recommended when brewing with this strain to avoid sluggish or stalled fermentations and to produce more expressive beers.
Belgian yeast strain brings all the sophistication and complexity of classic Belgian ale production to the home brew and small brewery setting. Spicy and peppery characteristics are prominent with an undertone of the ubiquitous fruity Belgian character.
FLAVOR/MOUTH FEEL CHARACTERISTICS:
This is a highly characterful yeast strain that will dominate all but the highest hopping rates and complex malt bills. Beers fermented with this yeast will tend to be dry in the finish often with a slight drying acidity and peppery notes that aids drinkability at higher alcohol levels. Higher alcohol beers may have an increased ester production and warming alcohol notes.
HIGHER ALCOHOL BEERS:
This yeast strain will perform exceptionally well up to 14% ABV making it suitable for a large range of Belgian beer styles, including Quadrupel style beers.