|Yeast is available in two forms - liquid and dry.
Dry yeast is easy to use, economical, and good for general brewing although the quality is not as high as liquid yeast. Why? The process of drying yeast is almost impossible to keep totally sanitary. So when you pitch dry yeast you are also pitching whatever impurities that may be present in the drying process.
Liquid yeast is grown in sterile conditions and is generally purer and available in more strains than dry yeast. Liquid yeast will enable you to get closer to the specific style of beer you are brewing and have more control over the flavor. You end up with a cleaner tasting beer.
The type of yeast that you use in brewing is as important as any other ingredient in your beer. Yeast is biologically classified as a fungus. It is a living microbiological organism, metabolizing, reproducing and living off the ingredients that you have concocted in order to make beer. Yeast is the thing that finally determines what the flavor of the beer will be.
What are the main types of beer yeast?
There are two main varieties of beer yeast that are used by brewers. They are classified as ale yeast ("top-fermenting" type, Saccharomyces cerevisiae) or lager yeast ("bottom-fermenting" type, Saccharomyces uvarum, formerly known as Saccharomyces carlsbergensis). These two varieties of beer yeast are further broken down into categories of specific strains. In the world of brewing today there are hundreds of strains of both ale and lager yeasts, all of which will offer variety to the finished beer.
We carry several different brands of beer yeasts.
White Labs liquid yeasts - are ready to use. Each yeast strain is hand selected to produce styles you have requested. White Labs Liquid Brewer's Yeast is tested to be over 95% viable, 100% free of wild yeast, aerobic bacteria and anaerobic bacteria. If you're taking the time to brew, brew with clean fresh yeast.
Dry Yeasts from Coopers, Muntons, DanStar, Fermentis, Vierka and Kitzinger.
What are the main types of wine yeast?
A good wine yeast should have the following qualities:
We carry three different brands of wine yeasts.
- It should settle out to form a firm sediment in the bottom of jugs to make racking easier.
- It should be able to produce at least 10% alcohol (The yeast eventually dies from exposure to alcohol).
- It should be easy to start.
- It should not impart any off-flavors to the wine.
White Labs liquid yeasts - are ready to use. Each yeast strain is hand selected to produce styles you have requested. White Labs Liquid Brewer's Yeast is tested to be over 95% viable, 100% free of wild yeast, aerobic bacteria and anaerobic bacteria.
Redstar yeast - Every wine has a distinction all its own. Maintaining that distinction is the ongoing challenge of every winery. The key is consistency, a word that Red Star Yeast defines with results. As the largest and most diversified manufacturer of wine yeast in the United States, Red Star® Yeast helps premier winemakers achieve consistency throughout the fermentation process with the right wine yeast for the most discriminating taste.
Lalvin yeasts - It's not surprising that the finest wines are made using only the finest ingredients. It's also not surprising that the finest winemakers use Lalvin dried wine yeast. If you're making wine, you want the best.
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