Homebrew Yeast Strains Chart
With the plethora of yeast strains available from different companies, it can be hard to keep all of the products straight. Choosing the proper yeast strain is essential to the quality of your finished beer. Here's an overview of the most common strains currently available to homebrewers from North America's leading suppliers, who provided all of the information for this chart. Just select a beer style from the menu below to view a chart with appropriate yeast strains to consider for your recipe.
Key: Type=Type of yeast, S=Slant, D=Dry, L=Liquid, Floc=Flocculation, Atten=Attenuation, Temp=Ideal Fermentation Temperature
Commonly referred to as “chico” this yeast is a craft brewing standard, loved for its extremely clean character.
Brewers love this yeast strain for dark beers. Its high alcohol tolerance make it a go-to for big beers.
Well balanced. Ferments dry, finishes soft.
Clean ale strain
Slightly nutty, soft, clean and tart finish.
Blend celebrates the strengths of California ale strains.
Produces a dry, slightly tart, crisp beer.
Universal top-fermenting beer yeast.
Produces a fruity, full-bodied beer.
Clean flavors accentuate hops; very versatile.
The recipes in both Papazian’s books, “The Complete Joy of Homebrewing,” “The Homebrewer’s Companion,” and “Microbrewed Adventures” were originally developed and brewed with this yeast.
Clean, round flavor profile.
Produces a pleasing light fruity note from the ale yeast, while the lager strain produces clean pilsner-like flavors and a slightly subdued hop bitterness.
A blend of ale and lager strains that creates a clean, crisp, light American lager style.
Can be used for almost any beer style. Accentuates malt, caramel, or fruit character.
Very clean and low esters.
Available Sept-Oct. Medium to low fusel fruit and alcohol production.
A super-clean, lager-like ale.
Produces a very clean, crisp beer with a touch of ester. Perfect for Kölsch or any style where a dry, clean profile is desired.
This yeast is a powerful attenuator that creates a dry lager with a slightly fruity finish and very little sulfide and diacetyl.
This yeast attenuates slightly less than NorCal Ale #1 and leaves a beer with more body and a slight fruity ester that is amazing with aromatic hops.
Very clean ale flavor.
A top-fermenting ale yeast suitable for a variety of full bodied ales, with exceptional depth. Ferments with full, rich dark fruit flavours.
Very neutral strain. Citrus and pine hops will be enhanced.
Clean balanced ale yeast for 100% malt recipies.
Clean well balanced ale yeast.
Clean, fast fermentation used in high-gravity beers.
Malty, mildly fruity, good depth and complexity.
Good for all styles of American and English ales
Neutral and versatile. Available May-June
A popular ale yeast from the Pacific Northwest.
A malty, complex profile that clears well.
Develops estery and somewhat peppery spiceyness.
Clean with mild flavor for a wide range of styles.
Versatile, super-fast, super-clean strain.
For “California Common” type beer.
Popularly called “Chico,” West Coast Ale I is a reliable, versatile and popular neutral foundation for displays of malts and hops.