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Offline onebarrel

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Danstar Munich dry wheat beer yeast?
« on: November 19, 2009, 06:19:33 PM »
Has anybody tried this stuff? opinions?

Was wondering if it is similar to Fermentis WB-06?

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Re: Danstar Munich dry wheat beer yeast?
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2009, 05:19:41 AM »
I didn't care for it much. You are better off sticking with liquid strains for HefeWeizens IMO. I like WB-06 "ok" but it is no real substitute for a good liquid weissbier strain. My preference is for WLP380 HefeWiezen IV.
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Re: Danstar Munich dry wheat beer yeast?
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2009, 06:58:48 AM »
I didn't care for it much. You are better off sticking with liquid strains for HefeWeizens IMO. I like WB-06 "ok" but it is no real substitute for a good liquid weissbier strain. My preference is for WLP380 HefeWiezen IV.

+1 - used it once and went back to liquid yeast. Seemed a bit one dimensional toward an herbal citrus flavor.

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Re: Danstar Munich dry wheat beer yeast?
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 07:22:47 AM »
FWIW, I think WB-06 makes a great American wheat actually, just not a very authentic hefeweizen. Sorry, haven't tried the Danstar.
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Re: Danstar Munich dry wheat beer yeast?
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 09:17:48 AM »
I must have gotten a couple bad packs of Munich a while back because neither would take.  Ended up pitching something else. Not sayin' they're all bad but sure seemed like it to me at the time.  I agree with the others.  I've had much better luck with liquid yeast, and really, most wheats are all about the yeast....
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Re: Danstar Munich dry wheat beer yeast?
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2012, 11:37:25 PM »
I tried this with my last batch of hefeweizen. The yeast dropped so fast I was shocked, and flocc'd so hard that a week in the bottle and I had trouble "rolling" the bottle on the counter to disturb it. Tended to break into chunks.

Taste was ok. I'm not thinking this is a good wheatbeer yeast. But it's not a good euro-ale yeast either because it is too phenolic.

Thoughts on this yeast? The price was good. Maybe too good...

Conversely, I had a liter of fresh hefeweizen fermented with WB-06 last night and it was spot on.
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Re: Danstar Munich dry wheat beer yeast?
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2012, 05:35:13 PM »
WB-06 seems really particular about pitching rates. Overpitch it and it doesn't taste anything like a Hefe strain. I try to pitch about 0.5m/ml/*P and I get a good Hefe that way.
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Re: Danstar Munich dry wheat beer yeast?
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2012, 06:08:17 PM »
Been a while, but I've used it a couple times.  My experience was pretty good actually (which I can't say for other Danstar strains).  It took off quick and attenuated well.  I would not recommend it for a true weissbier though.  It just doesn't have the proper flavor profile.  It's great for an American wheat though. 

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Re: Danstar Munich dry wheat beer yeast?
« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2012, 07:07:40 PM »
With the wb-06 I only pitched one rehydrated pack for a 6 gallon 1.046 brew. Fermented at 61-62f and there was some banana ester smells coming off of it. But none in the flavor that I could sense. My practice had been to ferment 06 at 65f but ot tends to be a little too phenolicky for my tastes.

Perhaps the Munich should be fermented lower as well.
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Re: Danstar Munich dry wheat beer yeast?
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2012, 06:19:00 AM »
I've used this dry yeast with less than stellar results. I fermented high with it (73 degrees) and still got little to no banana notes. The yeast seemed to make the hops standout and I wasn't going for that. It turned out a weird wheat IPA like beer that I won't be making again.
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