Author Topic: which dry yeast strain do you prefer?  (Read 1548 times)

Offline hospter81

  • Cellarman
  • **
  • Posts: 88
    • View Profile
which dry yeast strain do you prefer?
« on: August 12, 2013, 11:34:57 AM »
Hi! just wondering which strain do you prefer for american styles and why? us05 or bry-97?

thanks!

Offline dmtaylor

  • I spend way too much time on the AHA forum
  • ********
  • Posts: 2884
  • Two Rivers, WI
    • View Profile
Re: which dry yeast strain do you prefer?
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2013, 02:18:38 PM »
I haven't done any side-by-side comparisons to taste the differences between all the different dry yeasts, but I think most people will agree that US-05 is the "old reliable" one that people really like to use.  It's cheap and effective and clean for all American styles.

I could almost say the same for Nottingham ale yeast, which is the old "old reliable".  It is typically a great yeast as well, when it works, but a handful of times over the years they have run into quality issues (i.e., yeast was dead on arrival).  When it works it works great.  When it doesn't... could be 5 gallons down the drain.  That being said you could always keep an extra pack or two on hand for emergencies.  It's cheap insurance.
Dave

The world will become a much more pleasant place to live when each and every one of us realizes that we are all idiots.

Offline ynotbrusum

  • Brewmaster General
  • *******
  • Posts: 2571
  • Da mihi sis cerevisiam.
    • View Profile
Re: which dry yeast strain do you prefer?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2013, 04:17:24 AM »
And don't forget S-04 for British styles...and 34/70 for lagers (though I never had problems with "fruity" S-23 fermented cold - 46F).  Really, I think the dry yeasts are so convenient that I almost don't need liquids - I said almost....
Hodge Garage Brewing: "Brew with a glad heart!"

Offline majorvices

  • Global Moderator
  • I must live here
  • *****
  • Posts: 9290
  • Polka. If its too loud you're too young.
    • View Profile
    • Yellowhammer Brewing Company
Re: which dry yeast strain do you prefer?
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2013, 05:55:04 AM »
Pretty amazing how good dry yeast has gotten since I started brewing. US-05 is one of my go to yeasts, but I think you can make qualioty beer from just about any dry yeast on the market now.

Offline anthony

  • Brewer
  • ****
  • Posts: 263
  • Hoppy to help!
    • View Profile
    • Triptych
Re: which dry yeast strain do you prefer?
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2013, 09:25:17 PM »
I think BRY-97 is really underrated, especially for beers that aren't particularly hoppy.

Even factoring in the lag time on the first pitch, following the manufacturer's pitching rates, I got aggressive fermentations that hit terminal gravity within 7 days and had a nice clean taste. Subsequent pitches had a significantly reduced lag time as well.

That being said, 500g of US-05 is literally almost half the price of BRY-97 and while it performs a little slower, still has decent flavor and doesn't have the same sort of perception issues with hoppy beers.

Offline DrewG

  • Brewer
  • ****
  • Posts: 359
  • Thread Killer
    • View Profile
Re: which dry yeast strain do you prefer?
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2013, 09:14:27 AM »
I help out from time to time at a brewpub that uses S-04 for a lot of different styles. You wouldn't know it was an english strain, ferments with very low esters on that system and temp.
"Well, the Mexicans got a saying - what cannot be remedied must be endured."

-Barbarosa

Offline theoman

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 624
  • Outskirts of Brussels, Belgium
    • View Profile
Re: which dry yeast strain do you prefer?
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2013, 07:13:54 AM »
I use S-05 often and love it. I haven't been brave enough to try many others, since S-05 works so well. I have used S-04 a few times and I really like that one as well. It drops out and stays out really quickly and thoroughly. I used it to carbonate my pils for that reason.

Offline chumley

  • Brewmaster
  • *****
  • Posts: 935
    • View Profile
Re: which dry yeast strain do you prefer?
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2013, 08:21:11 AM »
I agree with Anthony on BRY-97.  Plus, re-using it again reduces the overall cost.

I get tired of waiting for S-05 to drop.