Yeast for an Amber Wheat

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Yeast for an Amber Wheat

Postby spgriffin » Sat Aug 20, 2011 10:45 pm

I brew an amber wheat every year toward the end of the summer. I typically use an American Wheat yeast, but wanted others thoughts on using an Irish Ale yeast? The bill is 20% wheat and uses a layering crystal malts to reach amber and an ounce of chocolate to make the color stand out a bit.


Thoughts on how it would alter the taste?
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Postby slothrob » Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:11 am

I suppose it might taste more like an Irish Red Ale.
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Postby brewmeisterintng » Wed Aug 24, 2011 7:44 pm

If you want to make it a wonderful yeasty hefe style beer with the banana and clove flavors... that is what I would do... but then... I love a good hefe.
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Postby beerdragon » Sat Aug 27, 2011 12:52 pm

So for a right outta the gun yeasty banan wheat that's the yeast to go ?? :D
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Postby slothrob » Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:11 am

A German Hefeweizen yeast, especially fermented warm (up near 70°F), is the first that comes to mind for banana aromas and flavors.
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Postby spgriffin » Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:52 pm

Sorry to disappoint, but a hefe yeast is the last thing I would add. Hefe beers taste like shampoo. Just can't do it. Any other thoughts here?
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Postby slothrob » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:35 am

What are you going for? I think the Irish Ale yeast would make a decent Amber Ale, with more character than the American Wheat Yeast. WLP011 is a good yeast to highlight the malt character, with less yeast character than the Irish Ale. Wy1007 or US-05 would give a drier, crisper beer, with similarly mild yeast character.
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Postby spgriffin » Sun Sep 25, 2011 2:32 pm

Ok. I am back with results. Won't use an Irish Ale yeast for this again. Too tart, too sweat. I know that profile helps balance a dry beer and stouts, but an amber wheat was a bad idea. I will use either AA II or Northwest next time and see what happens.
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