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Wyeast 3944 Belgian Witbier


Wyeast Laboratories

What it does :

The Wyeast 3944 Belgian Witbier yeast strain produces a complex flavor profile that balances spicy phenolics with moderate levels of esters. This strain is a moderately flocculent yeast that results in fairly clear beer. This yeast strain is moderately attenuative. You can expect it to ferment 72 to 76 percent of the fermentable sugars in your wort. It results in a dry, tart finish. This finish provides an excellent context for the addition of grains such as malted wheat, unmalted wheat and oats.

What it is:

This is a top-fermenting yeast strain. This witbier yeast strain is more broadly useful and can be employed to make a range of Belgian-style ales.

Vital Statistics

Attenuation (%):

72 - 76

Fermentation Temperature (F):

62 - 75



Product Form:


How it works:

After the boil is complete, cool your wort temperature down to be at or near 75 F (23.9 C). Then, you can add this yeast to begin the primary fermentation of your beer.


The amount of pitching yeast that you need to properly ferment a 5 gallon (18.9 liter) batch of wort will vary with the original gravity of your recipe. The higher the orginal gravity target of your wort, the greater the amount of sugars to be fermented. So, the original gravity of your recipe's wort drives the number of yeast cells you need to ferment these sugars. Making a yeast starter is strongly recommended for a wort with an original gravity at or above 1.080. For this Wyeast Laboratories product, simply follow their instructions on the package to prepare the yeast for pitching. Their built-in starter packaging ensures that you have enough yeast cells for pitching into your wort.


You should prepare your yeast sample for pitching into the wort. A liquid yeast slurry typically requires that you begin activating the culture several hours before use. Follow typical brewing sanitation practices to ensure your fermentation produces the expected results. Unwanted bacterial contamination at the fermentation stage will undo all your hard work in getting your brew to this step of the process.

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Wyeast 3944 Belgian Witbier