Omega Yeast, known for custom propped liquid yeast pitches, announced the November release of Propper Seltzer, a yeast nutrient for non-malt, sugar-based fermentation. Propper Seltzer nutrient is compatible with any strain of yeast including beer yeast, champagne yeast, wine yeast, and distillers yeast, and was designed to make things easier for brewers looking to create their own hard seltzer.
“Hard seltzer is here to stay. Now let’s make it craft.” said Laura Burns, PhD, Director of Research and Development for Omega Yeast. “We set out to specifically formulate a blend for hard seltzer that allows our yeast to really be successful.”
Hard seltzer fermentation differs from standard beer brewing because 100% sugar fermentations do not contain the essential nutrients that malt naturally does. So, in order to propel thorough fermentation, the yeast needs precise measurements of specific elements and nutrients. This led Omega Yeast’s R&D crew to collect data and designed this proprietary nutrient blend that allows brewers to brew a hard seltzer with just a single dose.
Why a different yeast? Although you can use any yeast strain, Propper Seltzer is particularly speedy with kveiks because of how quickly kveik strains ferment. Norwegian kveik yeast was first made commercially available to U.S. brewers by Omega Yeast in 2015. Kveiks are known for their versatile fermentation temperature threshold, allowing brewers to ferment anywhere between 65-95°F (18-35°C) while still producing pleasing flavors. Omega partnered up with Stephen Bossu, Co-Founder and Head Brewer of Hopewell Brewing Co., for a commercial test run featuring Propper Seltzer with Omega’s exclusive Lutra Kveik, which is known for its very clean flavor profile.
“Part of the reason we’re working with Omega and specifically this Lutra Kveik strain is that it’s a super-quick, super-clean fermenter so that we know that we’re not going to be tying up extra tank space which allows us to continue brewing our year-round IPA and year-round pilsner,” mentioned Bossu. “Seltzers for us are just another avenue to play around with some of those fruits that we find interesting and just have a great presentation, and this Propper Seltzer allows us to do that.”
Propper Seltzer is now available in multiple sizes for both probrewers and homebrewers. Homebrewers can order through the brand’s online shop propperbrew.com, local homebrew shops, or online retailers. Professional brewers can order directly from Omega Yeast.