Battle of the Yeasts
Release the beast oops we mean yeast. Find out which strain of yeast is the strongest one from White Labs in San Diego, as they unleash the strains against each other for science and your palate.
By Shira Kogut on Nov. 02, 2017
In 2016, for the first time, they bottled their own brew called the Frankenstout. Most beers are made with 1 or 2 types of yeast, but the Frankenstout had a whopping 96 strains!!! Most people forget that yeast is technically “alive,” so like in the animal kingdom it became a “dog eat dog” battle for yeast dominance!
Each of the 96 yeast strains fought to consume that malted grain sugar goodness, turn to alcohol and come out as the dominant flavour profile. With strains growing at different rates and some populating more quickly than others every batch had a different result depending on which strain won and who knows the winner…only nature can tell.
Ok, nature or Karen Fortmann, Senior Research Scientist at White Labs, apparently Belgian yeasts tend to be the dominant ones. Clove conquers all! White Labs has been doing this experiment since 2013, but 2016 was the first time it got bottled.
White Labs has more than 500 strains in its bank, they are GMO-free and certified Kosher. Brewers can order yeast strains 24 hours a day including “wild” yeasts, Brettanomyces and “domesticated” yeasts Saccharomyces like Saccharomyces Cerevisiae and Saccharomyces Pastorianus or for us non-scientific types that’s ale yeast and lager yeast.
We can’t wait to see what 2018 will hold!
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