Whitelab WLP002 Yeast - Estery/Banana Favour?

Post #1 made 3 years ago
Hi gang, I signed up a while ago and got some help here to set me off on the BIAB journey
Got a few cracking APA sessions under my belt now and feels like I've got my process and eqpt nailed down in terms of boil off rates and losses etc.....things are settling out nicely

Raised the bar a few weeks ago and pinched an ESB recipe from somewhere online, and decided to give it a shot as I like that type of brew.........used MO malt, some crystal, a fairly high mash/conversion temp of around 68C and some White labs WLP002 yeast. I was expecting it to take a while as it's come out at approx 6.8% ABV, but it's really nice :party:
Noticeable though is the estery, banana flavour it has.....not entirely out of keeping in that style of beer, and probably accentuated by a fermentation temp of around 20 - 21C, but so far I'm very pleased with it. Still clearing and rounding out, but it packs a punch for sure.
Has anyone else used that yeast and found the same result?

Cheers all

Post #2 made 3 years ago
The following link will provide you with some detailed experience from users as well as info from WhiteLabs http://www.whitelabs.com/yeast/wlp002-english-ale-yeast

The banana smell/taste issue is likely not the yeast as WLP002 is not known to impart fruity flavors. It's likely that the yeast hit the top end of the temperature range and loaded the beer with esters. See this for additional info - http://www.howtobrew.com/section4/chapter21-2.html
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