News from the Lab
By Neva Parker
Here in the lab, we’ve been busy little beavers!
Over the past few months, one of our major focuses has been expanding
our production plant.
Our production area has undergone many changes — we
have tripled our clean room area and are making space for large-scale
yeast propagators with custom Frings aeration systems. Frings is a
German company that White Labs has entered into a working relationship
with; not only will White Labs use these new propagators, White Labs
will represent them for North American sales. If your interested in
learning more about these propagators let us know. Also on the agenda
are the fermentation trials we have been performing on several yeast
strains. One new strain that we are excited to release is WLP566 Saison
II. This yeast has more fruity ester production than with WLP565. It is
moderately phenolic, with a clove-like characteristic in finished beer
flavor and aroma. We hope you enjoy!
Another area of focus has been the White Labs Gas
Chromatograph, which has been getting a good amount of use in the last
Currently we have an ethanol percentage test up and
running and are very close to having a VDK (Diacetyl) test to compliment
our other test. Future tests include esters, particularly ethyl acetate,
which will be useful as another tool to confirm yeast purity and
We are also working on tests for acetaldehyde,
dimethyl sulfide (DMS), and fusel alcohols. We will be keeping you
updated as we keep adding more GC tests to our current services.
I only have time for a brief report from the lab for
this issue. After all I have to get back to work on all these
improvements. I will update you again in the fall issue.
is lab manager for White Labs.