Wyeast 3333-PC German Wheat
Private Collection Strain - Seasonal Availability Only
Species - Saccharomyces cerevisiae
A highly flocculent German wheat beer strain that is the perfect choice for use in Kristallweizen. This yeast strain produces a beautiful and delicate balance of banana esters and clove phenolics similar to the popular Wyeast 3068. However, this strain will sediment rapidly, resulting in bright beer without filtration. The balance can be manipulated towards ester production through increasing fermentation temperature, increasing the wort density, and decreasing the pitch rate. Over pitching can result in a near complete loss of banana character. Sulfur is commonly produced, but will dissipate with conditioning.
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Flocculation - HIGH
Attenuation - 70% - 76%
Temperature Range - 63° - 75° F (17° - 24° C)
Alcohol Tolerance - 10%
Highlighted Product on R.J.'s Homebrew Corner, January 2021
Think super traditional, bubblegum and bananas German style wheat, but crystal clear! Thats what I like about this strain. While I love wheat beers, the heavy sedimentation seems to get to me, if you know what I mean, so this strain gives me all of the brighter, hef flavors that I want with a nice balance of phenolics as a counterpoint.
If youre into wheat beers, but want to give your friends something crystal clear and quaffable, try this and make your own modern wheat with all of the authenticity of a traditional hef.