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The following article contains brewery specials, new lagers, homebrew shop specials and announcements.


Brewery specials
Test Kits

Infection is a dirty word!

White Labs wants to help you stomp out infection. Purchase a White Labs Test Kit bundle and receive 20 percent off your yeast purchase (maximum discount $60). Special lasts from May 1 to June 31.

If you ever thought of starting up testing in your brewery or you feel it’s time for a brewery check up, start it now and save some money.

As Tom Dargen of Wynkoop Brewing Company says, "These kits are so easy, my 4-year-old daughter can do them." She’s five now but you get the point.

These kits were designed for brewers with time and space limitations. Hardest part about the tests is blocking out an hour or two to do them. All that is necessary is a microwave and any are consistently between 70 and 90 degree Fahrenheit (21.1 - 32.2 Centigrade).

New Lagers

White Labs has introduced new lager yeast strains that are attracting great reviews from brewers.

— WLP838 Southern German Lager Yeast: This yeast is characterized by a malty finish and balanced aroma. It is a strong fermentor, produces slight sulfur, and low diacetyl. Attenuation: 68-76 percent. Flocculation: Medium to High. Optimum fermentation temperature: 50-55°F.

— WLP920 Old Bavarian Lager Yeast: From Southern Germany, this yeast finishes malty with a slight ester profile. Use in beers such as Oktoberfest, Bock, and Dark Lagers. Attenuation: 66-73 percent. Flocculation: Medium. Optimum fermentation temperature: 50-55°F.

— WLP029 German Ale/Kölsch This is not a lager strain, but we wanted to make sure you still had an option even if you could not brew a lager. This yeast is amazing. It ferments at 65+ degrees F (18.3+ C). It has a slight fruitiness but provides an amazing lager-like flavor. It ferments out fast like an ale. You can serve it after a mild conditioning time or cold conditioning it 3-5 weeks for a cleaner tasting product.

Our customers love this yeast and the drinkers feel they are drinking a lager. From a small brewpub in Cologne, Germany, this yeast works great in Kölsch and Alt-style beers. Good for light beers like blond and honey. The slight sulfur produced during fermentation will disappear with age and leave a super clean, lager-like ale. Attenuation: 72-78 percent Flocculation: Medium. Optimum Ffermentation temperature: 65-69°F. Does not ferment well under 62°F.

— WLP003 German Ale Yeast II: Good for Kölsch, Alt, and German-style pale ales. Strong sulfur component will reduce with aging. Clean, but with more ester production than WLP029. Attenuation: 73-80 percent. Flocculation: Medium. Optimum fermentation temperature: 65-70°F. Does not ferment well less than 62°F. This special Platinum Series strain is available until the end of May.

Homebrew shops
Platinum Series

The Platinum Series provides homebrewers with something new every two months. In April and May, White Labs is offering the following Platinum Strains:

— WLP003 German Ale Yeast II: Good for Kölsch, Alt, and German-style pale ales. Strong sulfur component will reduce with aging. Clean, but with more ester production than WLP029. Attenuation: 73-80 percent. Flocculation: Medium. Optimum fermentation temperature: 65-70°F. Does not ferment well less than 62°F.

Back by popular demand. This yeast resulted in a variety of medals around the country. This one sees certain to be a regular strain, but we will let you be the judge.

— WLP550 Belgian Ale Yeast: Saisons, Belgian ales, Belgian reds, Belgian browns, and white beers are just a few of the classic Belgian-beer styles that can be created with this yeast strain. Phenolic and spicy flavors dominate the profile, with less fruitiness then WLP500. Attenuation: 72-78 percent. Flocculation: Low. Optimum Fermentation Temperature: 68-78°F.

June - July

— WLP380 Hefeweizen IV Ale Yeast: Large clove and phenolic aroma and flavor, with minimal banana. Refreshing citrus and apricot notes. Crisp, drinkable hefeweizen. Less flocculent than WLP300, and sulfur production is higher. Attenuation: 73-80 percent. Flocculation: Low. Optimum fermentation temperature: 66-70°F.

— WLP410 Belgian Wit II Ale Yeast: Less phenolic than WLP400 Belgian Wit, and more spicy. Will leave a bit more sweetness, and flocculation is higher than WLP400. Use to produce Belgian wit, spiced ales, wheat ales, and specialty beers. Attenuation: 70-75 percent. Flocculation: Low to Medium+. Optimum fermentation temperature: 67-74°F.

Announcements

Now available year-round: WLP820 Oktoberfest Lager. White Labs is pleased to announce the full time availability for our Oktoberfest Lager strain. Due to the huge success of its last limited release we can now offer this strain full time for the homebrewers. Don’t forget to order a few vials with your next order of White Labs Pure Brewers Yeast.

If that isn’t enough, don’t forget about the free stuff. White Labs offers free stickers to any of its customers.