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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2009, 01:38:14 PM »
For Wee Heavy I've variously used (Wyeast numbers here for reference but have used White counterparts as well)  1968, 1728, 1098, 1099, 1056, and my house yeast (exact pedigree unknown). 
Any one of them is a great choice and every one of them has made really great Wee Heavy for me. 

Oddly, 1728 was my least favorite.  As I said, all were great...but the two most extraordinary ones (in my opinion and the opinion of most who tasted them)  were made with 1056 and 1099.
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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2009, 02:05:54 PM »
I used White Labs Edinburgh and ke[pt it around 60F for almost 3 weeks before it finally dropped to a reasonable FG.  It's delicious, clean and malty without any real sweetness.
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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2009, 07:17:10 PM »
I just picked up a tube of White Labs WLP028 from my LHBS and made a 3.5L starter.
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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #18 on: December 22, 2009, 07:21:46 PM »
1728 is my prefered, but I have used Nottingham (dry).  Both worked well.

Ferment under 60F for best results.
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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #19 on: December 22, 2009, 07:24:55 PM »
1728 is my prefered, but I have used Nottingham (dry).  Both worked well.

Ferment under 60F for best results.

Nottingham? Really. I'm surprised, but I certainly trust your word on that Fred.
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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #20 on: December 22, 2009, 07:31:01 PM »
It's really all about the malt,  As long as you let the yeast play a subdued role, which you will with a low ferment temp, it will work.

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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #21 on: December 22, 2009, 07:42:48 PM »
It's funny how you say it's all about the malt...while I've heard others say it's all about the yeast. I believe it's the malt that is at center stage.

My cellar is right at 60F...do you think that's okay?
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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #22 on: December 22, 2009, 09:10:48 PM »
It's funny how you say it's all about the malt...while I've heard others say it's all about the yeast. I believe it's the malt that is at center stage.

My cellar is right at 60F...do you think that's okay?

ok its the Malt and the Yeast - happy now!!!  ;)

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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #23 on: December 22, 2009, 09:30:28 PM »
It's funny how you say it's all about the malt...while I've heard others say it's all about the yeast. I believe it's the malt that is at center stage.

My cellar is right at 60F...do you think that's okay?

ok its the Malt and the Yeast - happy now!!!  ;)


And where are the HOPS!!!
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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #24 on: December 23, 2009, 05:41:50 AM »
It's funny how you say it's all about the malt...while I've heard others say it's all about the yeast. I believe it's the malt that is at center stage.

My cellar is right at 60F...do you think that's okay?

ok its the Malt and the Yeast - happy now!!!  ;)


And where are the HOPS!!!

Side stage.  ;D
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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #25 on: December 23, 2009, 05:42:36 AM »
It's funny how you say it's all about the malt...while I've heard others say it's all about the yeast. I believe it's the malt that is at center stage.

My cellar is right at 60F...do you think that's okay?

ok its the Malt and the Yeast - happy now!!!  ;)



and don't forget the water now.  ;D
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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #26 on: December 23, 2009, 06:25:53 AM »
I'm not a style Nazi by any means, but I just can't imagine using something as neutral as Nottingham in a Scottish Wee Heavy. EVERY beer has a malt profile. Lots of beers use the same malt bill with different yeasts to get an entirely different result. It's the yeast that ultimately defines a beer . . IMHO (and in the not so HO of others)   ;D ;)
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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #27 on: December 29, 2009, 08:17:35 AM »
Well I finally made the Wee Heavy yesterday. Overall it turned out to be a great brewday. I made a 3.5L starter using one tube of WLP028. I decanted most of the wort and pitched the slurry at 54F.

This was for a 5.5 gallon batch with an OG=1.082. I took 1 gallon of the first runnings and boiled it down to a pint then added it back into the kettle. I boiled for two hours and chilled to 54F. It's fermenting in my cellar @ 60F. This one should be ready for the NHC.

The airlock was bubbling early this am.  8)
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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #28 on: December 29, 2009, 02:12:46 PM »
Well I finally made the Wee Heavy yesterday. Overall it turned out to be a great brewday. I made a 3.5L starter using one tube of WLP028. I decanted most of the wort and pitched the slurry at 54F.

This was for a 5.5 gallon batch with an OG=1.082. I took 1 gallon of the first runnings and boiled it down to a pint then added it back into the kettle. I boiled for two hours and chilled to 54F. It's fermenting in my cellar @ 60F. This one should be ready for the NHC.

The airlock was bubbling early this am.  8)
That sounds great.  What was your hop bill on this?  My wee heavy is the first beer I've ever even considered entering into a competition, and I'm glad I brewed 10 gallons, the first 5 is almost gone.
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Re: What kind of yeast do you use for a Wee Heavy
« Reply #29 on: December 29, 2009, 05:39:45 PM »
good job blue - let us know how it turns out!
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