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Happy Pure Culture Anniversary!

On this day in 1883, Emil Christian Hansen was the first scientist in history to successfully create a pure yeast culture for use in brewing. He was head of the Carlsberg Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark and his work stood on the shoulders of Louis Pasteur who had published novel...

WLP005 British Ale Yeast wins the election!

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....

Chris White To Visit HomeBrew USA

As part of the Customer Club Vial Redemption program, White Labs offers rewards and discounts to repeat customers who send us labels from their used vials. The ultimate reward, given to a homebrew shop that amasses 5,000 labels, sees Chris White himself paying a visit to the shop to brew a...

Fargo!

Ya sure, dontcha know. This is one of the first greetings I received when arriving in Fargo, North Dakota this past Saturday (in jest, of course). This weekend I had the honor of being asked to speak at the annual Hoppy Halloween Challenge, hosted by the local Prairie Homebrew Companions. I was...

Q&A: Michael Tonsmeire/The Mad Fermentationist

The Mad Fermentationist is a veritable treasure trove of information for brewers at all levels of experience, stuffed to the gills with posts on topics ranging from advanced tutorials on capturing microflora and commercial yeast dregs to point-by-point, beginner’s primers on the most basic of...

Cider Sensory

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...

Flanders Brown

Back in March, I decided to brew a Flanders Brown.  I knew it would be some time before the beer would even be servable, so I wanted to plan ahead.  In keeping with our White Labs tasting room tradition, I split the batch and used four different Brettanomyces strains.  And I did two different...

GABF Wrap-up

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’...

White Labs Brewing the White House Beer

After seeing the news story about the White House brewing beer at home, we were struck by the fact they were A) homebrewing (how cool is that?) B) using dry yeast C) using a yeast made outside of the USA.  I guess they don’t know there are companies in this country that specialize in making...

White Labs in the news

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.

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