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2 new strains part of 2013 Platinum schedule

29 Nov

2013 Platinum Strain Series Release
The White Labs Platinum Series features three seasonal strains that are available in stores for two months at a time.
Jan/Feb
WLP022 Essex Ale Yeast
WLP510 Bastogne Yeast
WLP815 Belgian Lager Yeast
Mar/Apr
WLP009 Australian Ale Yeast
WLP017 Whitbread Ale Yeast – Back by popular demand
WLP860 Munich Helles Yeast
May/June
WLP410 Belgian Wit II Yeast
WLP076 Albion Ale Yeast – NEW
WLP072 French Ale Yeast
July/Aug
WLP006 Bedford British Ale Yeast
WLP540 Abbey IV Yeast
WLP585 Belgian Saison III Yeast
Sept/Oct
WLP039 East Midlands Ale Yeast
WLP709 Sake #9 Yeast – NEW
WLP885 Zurich Lager Yeast
Nov/Dec
WLP037 Yorkshire Square Yeast
WLP515 Antwerp Ale Yeast
WLP920 Old Bavarian Lager Yeast

WLP005 British Ale Yeast wins the election!

9 Nov

The White House beer winner is in! As background White Labs brewed President Barack Obama’s homebrew recipe, including his use of a dried, non-American made yeast. Obama’s beer was paired against three other variations of the same recipe with the only difference being White Labs liquid yeast. People voted in the weeks before Election Day Nov. 6, 2012, and the White House beer ballots were counted at the end of the business day. Unlike the national elections in which Barack reclaimed his presidency, his homebrew recipe lost. The winner by a landslide was a beer made with White Labs yeast — WLP005 British Ale Yeast. But the beer won’t be on tap for the next four years. It will be more like a couple days. Try it soon!

Cider Sensory

25 Oct

The Yeast Lab has been pretty busy these past few weeks. However, all work and no play makes for a very long day in the lab. Lucky for us, our yeast culture specialist, Allison, went to graduate school with one of the owners of 2 Towns Ciderhouse in Oregon. He wanted some feedback on an apple cider he recently just bottled, so we thought we would end a hard work week with some cider sensory.

(From left to right) Tiffany, Katie, Steph, Allison, Maureen, and Hannah

We, of course, had to make this scientific and judged on aroma, flavor, and carbonation. All-in-all we thoroughly enjoyed the aroma and flavor of apples, berries, and stone fruits. It was crisp and very refreshing for a “fall-like” San Diego afternoon. The cider was also very well carbonated and “MMMmmmmm…..tasty”.  Please send more!

White Labs and GABF

17 Oct

White Labs enjoyed a busy week at the just-completed Great American Beer Festival – and so did its brewery clients and the rest of the beer world. Of all the gold, silver and bronze award winners, 74 percent are White Labs customers. Most order yeast and those and others also utilize the company’s expanding Analytical Lab Services department. White labs supplied three certified judges for the competition — Chris White, Neva Parker and Troels Prahl. When it came to other activities, White Labs had a booth at the festival, entertained brewers at a nearby club on Thursday night, co-sponsored the Brewers Gathering on Wednesday night, and participated in many other functions throughout the week. See you next year!

White Labs in the news

7 Oct

The Scientist interviews White Labs’ Neva Parker about the now-famous “beard yeast.”
Also, San Diego Magazine names Belgian Golden Ales in the White Labs tasting room as Beers of the Week.

A real fan

7 Oct

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There is a world of dedicated homebrewers out there, but one guy really wants to share his love with others. A gentleman with the tattoo in this photo came into the White Labs tasting room this week. He told company people that he wanted a tattoo that had all the materials he uses for homebrewing, including White Labs yeast. His devotion to the hobby and White Labs is greatly appreciated!

Check your QC results

5 Oct

White Labs Inc. has long provided detailed QC test results to breweries. Now, this same detailed information is available to those buying homebrew packages. The intensive testing has always been a hallmark of White Labs, and these numbers are now available for viewing at Yeastman.com. Simply create or log into your account, and on the first page that pops up, you will see two elongated circles under the main menu, one for Test Kit Entry and one for Yeast QC Reports. Follow the latter link. Thus, it is a one-click process once your Yeastman account is open. (For those with commercial accounts, please follow the Analytical Lab Services tab in the top menu bar). When the lab page opens, enter the Lot # from the vial in the designated box, and view your results. A report at the bottom of the lab pages explains the various test results.

White Labs and GABF 2012

5 Oct

White Labs Inc. is helping to sponsor the Great American Beer Festival, along with a host of other industry, brewery and community sponsors.
White Labs, along with the other partners of the Craft Beer Quarterly, are again sponsoring the Brewers Gathering. Additionally, the GABF Pro-Am competition is sponsored by Brewers Supply Group, Briess Malt & Ingredients Co., Hopunion and White Labs. Homebrewers team up with professional brewers to vie for top honors in a field of 96 entries. Entries are brewed by professional craft brewers in collaboration with American Homebrewers Association (AHA) members.
Meanwhile, Beer for Boobs, the breast cancer research fundraising effort staffed by many White Labs fans, will have a booth at this year’s GABF. Attendees can find the booth at P18. Beer for Boobs will have lots of great merchandise. Help tap the cure against breast cancer by visiting this booth and picking up some of the great merchandise!

Special WLP005 label for October

27 Sep

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White Labs and Beer for Boobs, a fund-raising team for breast cancer research, are running a promotion during the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month. White Labs will create a special pink label for vials of WLP005 British Ale Yeast during the entire month. For each vial purchased, White Labs will donate a portion of the sales to the cause. Time to brew with WLP005 British Ale Yeast!

Wine yeast trials

14 Sep

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As wine season gets under way, White Labs is analyzing months of data on wine fermentation tests. Conducted for nine months at the White Labs R&D lab in Davis, Calif., the tests by a team including intern Annie Hammang on-site and other microbiologists in San Diego have involved a wide range of strains. The tests have included White Labs brewing strains and wine strains, all in live fresh cultures, and other commercially available dry strains. The tests are yielding a wealth of data and are helping to answer many questions, such as how beer strains compare to wine strains. Indeed, the strain that has thus far had the highest marks out of all the strains tested is a White Labs beer strain, WLP028 Edinburgh Scottish Ale Yeast. Results from the tests, which are being conducted using the White Labs MiniFerment system, will be released when the trials are complete in the months to come.