Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale



Species: Saccharomyces cerevisiae (quiz tomorrow)

Origin: Timothy Taylor's Brewery, Keighley, England
Flocculation: High
Attenuation: 67-71%
Temperature Range: 64-72F, 18-22C
Alcohol Tolerance: 9% ABV


Known for its use in Timothy Taylor's famous beers, Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale Yeast produces a distinctive, full-bodied character with complex esters and a subtle notes of fruitiness. It's a great choice for styles of British ale, imparting a rich, malt-forward profile, sometimes described as "chewy". The high flocculation rate helps achieve bright, clear beers without extensive filtration. And that's what we want, right?


FAQs about Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale Yeast

What beer styles are best suited for Wyeast 1469?

Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale Yeast is ideal for traditional British ales, including bitters, brown ales, milds, porters, and stouts. Its rich, complex profile enhances the malt character, making it a great choice for any malt-forward beer style.


What are the best fermentation temperatures for Wyeast 1469?

The optimal fermentation temperature range for Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale Yeast is between 64-72 °F (18-22 °C). Fermenting at the lower end of this range will produce cleaner flavors, while higher temperatures will enhance ester production, adding fruity notes.


Does Wyeast 1469 require filtration for bright beers?

Wyeast 1469 is a good flocculator and tends to settle out of suspension well, often resulting in clear beers without the need for extensive filtration. Cold crashing can help further clarify the beer if desired. Years ago they used to tease me and call me a flocculator. I didn't realize then that it was meant as a compliment.


How long does Wyeast 1469 take to ferment?

Wyeast 1469 typically completes primary fermentation in 5-7 days at the optimal temperature range. However, higher gravity beers will require more time. Allow an additional 1-2 weeks for secondary fermentation and conditioning to ensure complete attenuation and flavor development.


Can I reuse / repitch Wyeast 1469 from a previous batch?

Yes, Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale Yeast can be harvested and reused for multiple batches. Ensure proper yeast harvesting and storage practices to maintain yeast viability and prevent contamination.


What is the alcohol tolerance of Wyeast 1469?

Wyeast 1469 has an alcohol tolerance of approximately 9% ABV, making it suitable for a wide range of British ale styles, including stronger ales that benefit from its rich, malty profile.


How do I store Wyeast 1469 before use?

Store Wyeast 1469 in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it. Keeping it cold helps maintain yeast viability and performance. Before pitching, allow the yeast to warm up to room temperature to reduce thermal shock.


How do I know if Wyeast 1469 is viable?

Always check the best-by date on the package, and activate the pouch according to Wyeast’s instructions. To further check yeast viability, you can make a yeast starter, which is always a good idea for ensuring strong fermentation.


What are options for dry yeast substitutions for Wyeast 1469?

For a similar profile to Wyeast 1469, dry yeast options include Danstar Windsor or Lallemand London ESB. These yeasts offer comparable performance and flavor profiles, suitable for a range of British ales.

Fun Facts about Wyeast 1469

Timothy Taylor was my roommate in college. He stood 6 feet 11 inches and weighted 300 lbs (that's 211 centimeters, 136 Kg for you metric types). We called him Tiny Tim. His major was drinking beer and he flunked out. He almost caused me to flunk out, but I challenged the academic dean to a winner-take-all beer bong contest. I won and thus graduated. Meanwhile, Timothy managed to apply his skills and become successful in the trade.



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