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What yeast would you recommend?
« on: June 12, 2018, 03:24:47 PM »
Still a beginning brewer. Looking to buy a kit for a lemon-lime hefe. This kit gives the brewer the option of what yeast to use. I am not comfortable in making this decision on my own, so I need help. What yeast would you recommend using for this flavor and style of beer? Thanks everyone!

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Re: What yeast would you recommend?
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2018, 04:51:07 PM »
A hefeweizen is pretty much defined by using a hefeweizen yeast strain; otherwise it's some other wheat beer.
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Re: What yeast would you recommend?
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2018, 05:43:33 PM »
A hefeweizen is pretty much defined by using a hefeweizen yeast strain; otherwise it's some other wheat beer.

Yeah, but it's unfortunately too common for any wheat beer to be called a hefe.  Since a hefe yeast will typically produce banana and clove flavors, personally I'd want something cleaner so it didn't stomp on the lemon/lime thing.  I'd recommend a clean American ale yeast.
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Re: What yeast would you recommend?
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2018, 05:50:43 PM »
Yeah, but it's unfortunately too common for any wheat beer to be called a hefe.  Since a hefe yeast will typically produce banana and clove flavors, personally I'd want something cleaner so it didn't stomp on the lemon/lime thing.  I'd recommend a clean American ale yeast.

I thought lemon-lime-banana sounded pretty good. Kind of like a smoothie. 4VG could be a little out of place though. Maybe a Belgian strain that's mostly ester, like 1214?
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Re: What yeast would you recommend?
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018, 06:11:07 PM »
Yeah, but it's unfortunately too common for any wheat beer to be called a hefe.  Since a hefe yeast will typically produce banana and clove flavors, personally I'd want something cleaner so it didn't stomp on the lemon/lime thing.  I'd recommend a clean American ale yeast.

I thought lemon-lime-banana sounded pretty good. Kind of like a smoothie. 4VG could be a little out of place though. Maybe a Belgian strain that's mostly ester, like 1214?

Sure, if you want lemon/lime/banana/bubblegum!  For my tastes, the lemon and lime would be enough.  More would muddy it..again, to my tastes.
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Re: What yeast would you recommend?
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 06:12:04 PM »
Sure, if you want lemon/lime/banana/bubblegum!

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Re: What yeast would you recommend?
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2018, 07:19:51 PM »
I think that WLP 320 can be cleanly fermented, despite its name "American Hefeweizen".  I would consider that for this Seven Upster.  Good luck and Cheers!
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Re: What yeast would you recommend?
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2018, 07:23:05 PM »
I think that WLP 320 can be cleanly fermented, despite its name "American Hefeweizen".  I would consider that for this Seven Upster.  Good luck and Cheers!

"American Hefeweizen" pretty much means a non estery yeast.  Like Widmer "hef".
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Re: What yeast would you recommend?
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2018, 09:20:48 PM »
As I read into the Hefe yeasts, the banana flavor is what made me second guess that one- not a flavor combo I would want. Looking for the clean taste that has been discussed, thanks!! Lots of great help here!

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Re: What yeast would you recommend?
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2018, 08:37:36 AM »
As I read into the Hefe yeasts, the banana flavor is what made me second guess that one- not a flavor combo I would want. Looking for the clean taste that has been discussed, thanks!! Lots of great help here!
Still a beginning brewer. Looking to buy a kit for a lemon-lime hefe. This kit gives the brewer the option of what yeast to use. I am not comfortable in making this decision on my own, so I need help. What yeast would you recommend using for this flavor and style of beer? Thanks everyone!

I would use WB-06 and ferment on the low end of the temperature range. You should get more clove phenols and not banana components if you do this.

https://bsgcraftbrewing.com/Resources/CraftBrewing/PDFs/Product_Sheets/Fermentis/fermentis_safbrew_WB06.pdf

I am guessing the lemon and lime flavors are coming from something else, grain or a syrup maybe (you didn’t specify). 

WB-06 is also a dry yeast so you can just sprinkle it in your carboy and then shake, if you’re worried about an under pitch buy two packages. They are only like $4-5.
 Most importantly ferment on the low side if you can ferment around 65* you should be good.
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Re: What yeast would you recommend?
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2018, 11:57:20 AM »
I think that WLP 320 can be cleanly fermented, despite its name "American Hefeweizen".  I would consider that for this Seven Upster.  Good luck and Cheers!
+1, this is a great option. Definitely on the cleaner side but not so far as the American Ale yeast Denny suggested.

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Re: What yeast would you recommend?
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2018, 05:51:28 PM »
I think that WLP 320 can be cleanly fermented, despite its name "American Hefeweizen".  I would consider that for this Seven Upster.  Good luck and Cheers!

"American Hefeweizen" pretty much means a non estery yeast.  Like Widmer "hef".

Yes, clearly that is the case; I noted that name and the inclusion of the word "Hefeweizen" for the benefit of the poster, thinking that he might be confused without the explanation.  You are most certainly correct that Widmer's example is well within the Americanized version with this yeast.  Cheers!
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