Yeast for English IPA - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > Yeast for English IPA

Thread Tools
Old 07-25-2012, 12:27 AM   #1
Sep 2011
Elk Grove Village, IL
Posts: 165
Liked 8 Times on 6 Posts

Hi all. I've got an English IPA planned for this weekend and have been debating among the following yeasts, which are all sitting washed in my fridge:

- Safale S-04
- Safale US-05
- Wyeast 1450 Denny's Favorite
- Wyeast 1968 London ESB

Of these options, I'd prefer to use the US-05 on a breakfast stout that will get going in a couple weeks, but I am open to any and all suggestions. This is the first English IPA I have tried, so I'm not sure whether to concentrate on the English characteristics or the IPA cleanliness in yeast flavor. Any suggestions?

Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2012, 02:47 AM   #2
Jul 2008
Posts: 1,541
Liked 107 Times on 96 Posts

I vote for WY1318, but if those four were my only choices, I would go with 1968. It's said to be a PITA when bottling, but you could get around that by pitching US-05 after 1968 finishes. S-04 would be my second choice.

Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2012, 02:51 AM   #3
Golddiggie's Avatar
Dec 2010
Posts: 11,995
Liked 495 Times on 431 Posts

I know it's not on your list, but I really like either Wyeast 1882-PC or 1335 for my IPA's and ESB's.

Wyeast 1335 is one of my 'standard' yeast strains these days. As mentioned 1318 is another solid strain. I've used it with great success too. I'm brewing styles from the British Isles, so I'm using all UK based yeasts (as well as everything else, with very rare exceptions).
Hopping Tango Brewery

跟猴子比丟屎 ・ Gun HOE-tze bee DIO-se

On Tap: Caramel Ale, Mocha Porter II, MO SMaSH IPA
Waiting/Carbonating: 12.5% Wee Honey II, 8.9% Old Ale, English Brown Ale, Lickah ESB, Mocha Porter II
K2: Epic mead
K3: TripSix
On Deck: Caramel Ale
Mead [bottled]:Oaked Wildflower Traditional, Mocha Madness, Blackberry Melomel, maple wine

Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2012, 03:09 AM   #4

1. S-04
2. Wyeast 1450
3. Wyeast 1968
4. US-05
2012 Canadian Brewer of the Year
2013 Canadian Brewer of the Year
2015 Canadian Brewer of the Year


Reply With Quote
Old 07-25-2012, 04:38 AM   #5
Mar 2012
spokane, wa
Posts: 1,971
Liked 241 Times on 183 Posts

I'd go with S-04

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
English yeast in an APA Waynep005 Fermentation & Yeast 11 05-30-2012 05:59 AM
Brown ale english yeast contrabrew Fermentation & Yeast 4 02-08-2012 03:41 AM
english yeast temps aug0202 Fermentation & Yeast 15 10-23-2011 11:38 PM
5 Day Summer Ale- Thanks Dry English Ale Yeast! TimBrewz Fermentation & Yeast 3 08-02-2010 10:26 PM
English Ale yeast for a stout? Newton Fermentation & Yeast 7 06-04-2010 12:50 PM

Forum Jump