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Offline 303brews

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Bell's Yeast Experience
« on: February 14, 2017, 02:09:45 AM »
I brewed an Azacca/Summit 15 minute pale ale. I aerated for about 2 minutes with pure oxygen. I usually aerate about one minute but had timer issues. I pitched about 65 degrees and set my fermentation chamber to 68 for 3 days, ramping up to 71 over the following 7 days.

I'm using the Inland Island Eccentric ale, which is the Bell's house strain. I pitched one vial straight from the fridge. This yeast is about a double pitch count of Wyeast or White Labs.

It's at terminal gravity and has a really strong ester profile with some banana and clove, much like a Belgian strain. Has anyone else had a similar experience with this yeast?

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Re: Bell's Yeast Experience
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2017, 03:58:03 AM »
Some place finally grabbed some for commercial purposes.

I have grabbed some from bottles many times. I use lower ABV beers like the Amber or Oberon to harvest from. That said, it can be estery - Oberon's orange flavor comes from the yeast. Banana and clove? Never had that from the regular house strain. Either they grabbed the wrong beer (Bell's uses a Belgian stain for some beers), or they got some contaminated yeast samples. I wonder what beer they grabbed it from?
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Re: Bell's Yeast Experience
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2017, 04:58:06 AM »
Some place finally grabbed some for commercial purposes.

I have grabbed some from bottles many times. I use lower ABV beers like the Amber or Oberon to harvest from. That said, it can be estery - Oberon's orange flavor comes from the yeast. Banana and clove? Never had that from the regular house strain. Either they grabbed the wrong beer (Bell's uses a Belgian stain for some beers), or they got some contaminated yeast samples. I wonder what beer they grabbed it from?

Banana might not be quite right. I've only had a couple small samples that I pulled for a refractometer reading. It's a weird smell that was closest to a spicy banana by my perception. Either way, it's really estery, and not really what I was expecting.