Keg Connection New Inline Flow Control Valve Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > Wyeast versus S-04
Thread Tools
Old 11-22-2012, 10:40 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Stewartstown, PA
Posts: 861
Liked 48 Times on 37 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default Wyeast versus S-04

So I have a recipe to make a Sweet Stout and it calls for Wyeast (Whitbread) 1099.

Yeast I bought looks bad or very slow to start in starter...and I want to brew this it looks like the 1099 will not be ready or any good.

I have S-04 on hand in fridge and I have seen several posts that say it is same (or equal) to Wyeast 1099.

Is this true? Should this give me same or similar beer?

Also, got to thinking, what is the benefit of liquid yeast over dry? For liquid you need to do a starter.....and liquid costs more. For a dry yeast no starter needed and it is cheaper why is liquid yeast seem to be preferred????

EVERYONE is entitled to my opinion!
Primary: None
Secondary: Chocolate milk Stout
Upcoming Brews: Dusseldorf Alt
Kegged: Biermuncher Centenniel Blonde
mgortel is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2012, 10:50 PM   #2
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Them Scary Woods, FL
Posts: 3,510
Liked 536 Times on 473 Posts
Likes Given: 162


Variety. White Labs and Wyeast produce a lot of variety in their lines of liquid yeasts. Companies like Fermentis and Danstar (Lallemand) only produce a few limited selections of dried yeasts. Other than that, both dry and liquid yeasts can produce good quality beers provided you pitch the proper amount and re-hydrate the dried yeast.

Paranormal Brewing
Beer so good, it's frightening.

2014: Seven Heavens Series One: Vilon, Mystic Melomel, Skeeter Pee.
aiptasia is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 02:23 AM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Richmond
Posts: 205
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 4


Use the s-04. You aren't looking for much yeast character in a sweet stout anyways.

S-04 will make a beer that tastes generically british ale-y. If you want a really true character, a very healthy pitch of a liquid culture will give better results.
Cellarbrau is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 02:29 AM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
oakbarn's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Argyle, Texas
Posts: 782
Liked 54 Times on 42 Posts
Likes Given: 27


S-04 is a great ale yeast. I have done some side by side on Ales and Lagers using dry of Wyeast. One ales, dry is fine and very difficult to taste or see any difference between the 2 except cost. Rauchbier lager is also fine with a dry lager yeast. I would not use a dry yeast on any other lager as you cannot hide in a lager.
oakbarn is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 11-23-2012, 02:39 AM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Bedford, New Hampshire
Posts: 222
Liked 25 Times on 19 Posts
Likes Given: 35


Just a note, in my experience 1099 doesn't bubble all that much but certainly does ferment just fine. Make sure to take a gravity reading to judge how it's going.

sniperd is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wyeast 1056 at 61F versus 66F progmac Fermentation & Yeast 8 01-16-2014 08:39 PM
T-58 versus Wyeast Neobritannia DrVertebrae Extract Brewing 9 09-20-2012 12:26 PM
Wyeast 1007 versus WLP029 kscomp0 Recipes/Ingredients 4 07-29-2009 12:21 AM
Wyeast Activator versus...... Brocster General Techniques 4 03-27-2009 01:13 AM
Wyeast Activator versus Propagator? EinGutesBier Recipes/Ingredients 6 12-17-2007 01:26 AM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads