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Title: More yeast flavor in beer?
Post by: benamcg on February 08, 2011, 07:43:04 pm
I got knocked in a competition recently that stated that I didnt have enough yeast character in a Wit.  In an effort to make better beers (or beers closer to style), how would one recommend getting more yeast flavor in the beer?  I am not filtering yeast.  Would you inoculate bottles? Seems a bit much to me.....
Title: Re: More yeast flavor in beer?
Post by: tygo on February 08, 2011, 08:09:45 pm
What yeast were you using?  What temps and how long did you ferment and/or condition it for?
Title: Re: More yeast flavor in beer?
Post by: benamcg on February 08, 2011, 08:41:38 pm
I was using the White Labs Witbier strain.  Conditioned for 4 weeks in glass carboys.  At the time of bottling, the beer was probably in a keg for another 2 weeks (6 weeks total).
Title: Re: More yeast flavor in beer?
Post by: jaybeerman on February 08, 2011, 09:40:51 pm
Did you use WLP400 or 410 and at what temps?  The judges were probably looking for these characteristics; some phenolics, some tartness, some spiceiness.  The guidelines state - "Ale yeast prone to the production of mild, spicy flavors is very characteristic. In some instances a very limited lactic fermentation, or the actual addition of lactic acid, is done."  You might do some research on the Hermann mash (if you're an all grain brewer),  think about open fermentation, read up on fermentation and the production of phenols/esters/etc.  Post your recipe and your proceedures for more detailed help.  Cheers, j
Title: Re: More yeast flavor in beer?
Post by: beersk on February 09, 2011, 10:20:38 am
Wheat beers are typically better "fresh".  So you only need to have them in the primary for about 10 to 14 days, then keg them or bottle them.  I think the yeast character you're after is getting lost with the extra aging time you're giving them.