Does your Belgian beer really need recultured yeast?
Your favorite bottle of Belgian brew has gone through quite a bit to get to your hands. The beer was produced, bottle conditioned, sent over seas, stuck in a warehouse, put onto a truck, a stuck on a store shelf (for who knows how long) until you purchased it. The yeast in the bottle are not going to be at their best. I understand you want “authentic” Belgian ale, but there is another alternative. The yeast you want is available commercially, fresh and viable.
Isn’t “fresh and healthy” better than “tortured, jetlagged, and left for dead”? You can buy the same yeast used to make your bottle of Chimay in a fresh, healthy and much happier state. Wyeast and White Labs have already done the work for you. The best part is these yeast are happy and healthy! Here’s the list of commercial yeast, and the Belgian or Trappist source.
|1214 Belgian Ale||Chimay|
|1762 Abbey II||Rochefort|
|3522 Belgian Ardennes||Achouffe|
|1388 Belgian Strong Ale||Duvel|
|3538 Leuven Pale Ale Yeast||Corsendonk-Bocq|
|3724 Belgian Saison Yeast||Saison Dupont|
|3787 Trappist High Gravity||Westmalle|
|WLP500 Trappist Ale||Chimay|
|WLP510 Bastogne Belgian Ale||Orval|
|WLP515 Antwerp Ale Yeast||De Koninck|
|WLP530 Abbey Ale Yeast||Westmalle|
|WLP540 Abbey IV Ale Yeast||Rochefort|
|WLP550 Belgian Ale Yeast||Achouffe|
|WLP565 Belgian Saison||Saison Dupont|
|WLP700 Belgian Golden Ale||Duvel|
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I live in Denver, Colorado. This blog is everything about beer, wine, cider, mead and other spirits.
I am a avid homebrewer and winemaker. I’ve been making my own beer and wine for many years. I started making beer when I was in college (mostly because the drinking age in the United States is 21). My first few beers were horrible. The beers are much better now, and I often supply my neighborhood with free beer! It is a great hobby!