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The secret of classic Belgian beers? Medieval super-yeasts

7 monthes ago   |   By Phys

An international team of scientists led by Prof. Kevin Verstrepen and Prof. Steven Maere has discovered that some of the most renowned classic Belgian beers, including Gueuze and Trappist ales, are fermented with a rare and unusual form of hybrid yeasts. These yeasts combine DNA of the traditional ale yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, with that of more stress-resistant feral yeasts such as Saccharomyces kudriavzevii.
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