I finally got around to propagating NCYC 1108 from slant yesterday. For those who have never heard of the strain, NCYC 1108 is the reference strain for type I mutual aggregation. Mutual aggregation is a phenomenon where two non-flocculent strains co-flocculate when used together. The other mutual aggregation reference strain is NCYC 1109. It is the reference strain for type II mutual aggregation. Type I and type II strains co-flocculate when pitched together. Any non-flocculent strain that co-flocculates with NCYC 1108 is considered to be a type II strain whereas any strain that co-flocculates with NCYC 1109 is considered to be a type I strain. Strains of yeast that do not co-flocculate with NCYC 1008 or NCYC 1109 are considered to be type III strains. Unlike adding a flocculant strain such as Wyeast 1968/WLP002 to a batch to sediment a non-flocculent pitching yeast (see Kara Taylor's NHC 2014 presentation), both NCYC 1108 and NCYC 1109 are non-flocculent when used individually.
With that said, NCYC 1108 is another strain for which I have almost no brewing data; hence, it is another box of chocolates culture (Forest Gump reference). All I know is that it is a chain former that was sourced from a British Brewery. While not all yeast strains that form a yeast head are chain formers, chain forming yeast strains tend to form a yeast head. Chain formation occurs when daughter cells fail to completely detach from mother cells during budding.