Thursday, September 5, 2013

A Yeast By Any Other Name

People always have their own preference of yeast. In a previous post, we went over the differences (or the lack there of) between the American Chico strain (Wyeast 1056, While Labs 001, and Safale US-05), but what happens when there is no dry equivalent and your recipe calls for 1968 London ESB Yeast, but you are not a fan of Wyeast. Or conversely, the recipe calls for 002 English Ale, but you don't like White Labs... well, good news, They are the same. You see, the same Brewer has allowed each company to package the same yeast under their own brand, and they often get named something different. So, if you have a Stout recipe and your local home brew supply store is fresh out of your 004 because St Patricks day is 2 months out, have no fear, they probably still have 1084 and since they are both from Guinness you can expect the same results with your beer. You can pour the 1084 into an old While Labs vial first if you would like (just remember to sanitize it first).

Here is a quick reference guide to the strains that, for the extensive research we have done, come from the same breweries packaged by the different manufacturers:
Wyeast White Labs Brewery
1007 German Ale   WLP036  Düsseldorf Alt Düsseldorf (Zum Uerige)
1028 London Ale   WLP013 London Ale   Worthington White Shield
1056 American Ale   WLP001 California Ale   Sierra Nevada
1084 Irish Ale   WLP004 Irish Ale   Guinness
1098 British Ale   WLP007 English Dry Whitbred – dry
1187 Ringwood Ale WLP005 British Ale Ringwood
1214 Belgian Ale   WLP500 Trappist ale Chimay
1272 American Ale II  WLP051 California V Ale   Anchor Liberty
1275 Thames Valley Ale   WLP023 Burton Ale   Henley of Thames
1335 British Ale II  WLP025 Southwold Ale Adnam's?
1338 European Ale   WLP011 European Ale   Wisenschaftliche Station
1388 Belgian Strong Ale WLP570 Belgian Golden Ale   Duvel (Moortgart) via McEwans
1728 Scottish Ale WLP028 Edinburgh Scottish Ale McEwan's
1762 Belgian Abbey II  WLP540 Abbey IV Ale Rochefort
1968 London ESB Ale   WLP002 English Ale Fullers
2001 Urquell Lager   WLP800 Pilsner Lager   Pilsner Urquell
2007 Pilsen Lager   WLP840 American Pilsner Lager Budweiser
2112 California Lager   WLP810 San Francisco Lager   Anchor Steam
2124 Bohemian Lager   WLP830 German Lager   Weihenstephan 34/70
2206 Bavarian Lager   WLP820 Oktoberfest Lager   Weihenstephan 206
2308 Munich Lager   WLP838 South German Lager Wisenschaftliche
2487 Hella-Bock WLP833 German Bock Ayinger Brewery
2575PC Kolsch II   WLP003 German Ale II Weihenstephan W165
3068 Weihenstephan Weizen WLP300 Hefeweizen Ale Weihenstephan 68
3333 GermanWheat   WLP380 Hefeweizen IV Ale   Weihenstephan 66?
3522 Belgian Ardennes   WLP550 Belgian Ale   Achouffe
3638 Bavarian Wheat   WLP351 Bavarian Weizen Weihenstephan 175
3724 Belgian Saison WLP565 Saison Ale Brasserie Dupont
3787 Trappist High Gravity WLP530 Abbey Ale Westmalle
3944 Belgian Witbier   WLP400 BelgianWit Ale   Hoegaarden/Celis

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