SafAle BE-134 - Whiskey?

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SafAle BE-134 - Whiskey?

Postby Georgio » Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:11 pm

Hi all,

Wondering if anyone has experience using SafAle BE-134 yeast? I am looking to use it for an all malted barely mash (100% golden promise). I had have had success using US-05 however I have been disappointed with the low yield. Looking for something with higher attenuation. Fermentis describes this yeast as adding a spice flavor, something that I enjoy in my whiskeys.

Cheers.
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Re: SafAle BE-134 - Whiskey?

Postby EziTasting » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:02 am

Georgio wrote:Hi all,

Wondering if anyone has experience using SafAle BE-134 yeast? I am looking to use it for an all malted barely mash (100% golden promise). I had have had success using US-05 however I have been disappointed with the low yield. Looking for something with higher attenuation. Fermentis describes this yeast as adding a spice flavor, something that I enjoy in my whiskeys.

Cheers.


Not heard of it, perhaps you could put up a comparison table of the 2 yeasts? Let us all know why you are tempted to use it...? Sounds very interesting, tho! Had a beer batch from one of the local home brew enthusiasts where he used a Bavarian yeast - the banana smell was off the charts! Loved it and was looking forward to the flavour, alas it was a low strength beer and only 30L so we got SFA out of it and, after cuts, anded up with less than 0.5L @ 40% so we enjoyed it white!

It has opened up my eyes to the possibilities of the influence yeast has on not just the final ABV but also the flavour! I haven't used bakers since that day and won't again unless I run out of other yeast - I find it makes all the different styles of product have the same underlying taste, and I don't particularly like that taste either. Thats MY issue.

If you really want to find out which gives you the best flavour (for you anyway, and lets face it, thats the person you need to impress the most), keep the same recipe/conditions and only change the yeast. You'll soon discover what is sensational and what isn't! :handgestures-thumbupleft:
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Re: SafAle BE-134 - Whiskey?

Postby Georgio » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:06 am

Thanks Ezi.
EziTasting wrote:Let us all know why you are tempted to use it...?


I am primarilly looking to use this yeast to increase yield but at the same time I am happy with flavor I get with ale yeast US-05. I have noticed a raisin/plum flavor has been coming through quite strong with US-05. I would like to add a little spice. This spice may be a characteristic of BE-134 (Belgian Ale Yeast), according to the description on the pack.

EziTasting wrote: perhaps you could put up a comparison table of the 2 yeasts?


I will give at crack next run of AG. I still have some white dog from my last US-05 batch and will knock up comparison on Attenuation, Sedimentation, ferment strength, time, temp and flavor.

If all goes well will aim to update this thread in a month.

Thanks again.
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Re: SafAle BE-134 - Whiskey?

Postby EziTasting » Sat Jul 14, 2018 11:39 am

Lol, you're doing all the work, mate! I should be thanking you.. :handgestures-thumbupleft:

The best thing about process of distillations is that it is so easy! the worst thing about process of distillations is that it is so hard!! :D

In the beginning its sugar yeast and water, boil and collect... then as time goes on, you start to work on the different aspects of the process:
1) Distilling and Still selection;
2) Grain bill recipes;
3) Fermentation procedures/ temps volume;
4) yeast selection and Fermentation conditions;
and there are probably countless other topics I haven't even thought of yet! What a truly fascinating hobby this is!
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