« on: May 20, 2013, 10:11:51 pm »
I want to make a beer that, for all intents and purposes, comes from a wit recipe but uses a slightly different yeast. I want to use either WLP550 (Belgian ale) or WLP575 (Belgian Ale Blend) and not the usual Wit yeast. I know that, by foregoing the Wit yeast(s), I am not going to get a beer that is exactly a wit. I'm ok with this, as I probably won't enter it into a competition, I just don't want to make something awful.
I usually think that you can combine any wort with any yeast, as long as fermentation, temperature and sanitation are good, and you'll have drinkable beer. However, I have heard that Wits need that yeast to be good, because of the unmalted wheat.... I've settled that though, and am not using unmalted wheat. I amusing Pilsner malt, white wheat and Oats (golden naked and flaked).
The reason I don't want to use the wit yeast is because I reuse yeast, and I want to do other styles later on, and the Wit yeast isn't great for the styles I want to do.
Any experience here, or knowledge related to the above mentioned yeast strains will be greatly appreciated.