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Old 08-19-2008, 11:16 PM   #1
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So far I've been using primarily white labs vials. Today I tried out a new LHBS (shoutout to "myLHBS" in falls church VA), and they only carry Wyeast, so I decided to give it a try. Haven't pitched yet, but wanted to see what the general consensus is as to which is the better/more attenuative/easier/more reliable.

My very first batch was a dry yeast and I wasn't totally happy with it, but maybe I didn't use it correctly (didn't use a starter or rehydrate, just pitched into primary)

I'm still a n00b, so I'm just curious as to what everyone here uses.

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Old 08-19-2008, 11:23 PM   #2
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I vote all of the above.

There are fantastic dry strains and both white labs and wyeast offer some great liquid yeast.

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Old 08-19-2008, 11:30 PM   #3
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I prefer White Labs only because I'd rather handle White Labs' vials than Wyeast's plastic/foil packages. But as far as the yeast, I like either just as well as the other.

I've only used Nottingham dry yeast on one batch, and it was great.

So no problems with any of it, ever, really.

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Old 08-19-2008, 11:33 PM   #4
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I've used Notty and White Labs just once, but Wyeast many times...and I honestly think they are all good products. However, I like the fact that Wyeast smack packs make a small starter and the yeast is already in production mode by the time you pitch it. I've made a starter before with the White Labs, but I felt like this was just another area I was risking contamination. The Wyeast bag is all closed up, no risk of infection there.

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Old 08-20-2008, 12:01 AM   #5
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All are good products. The only time I favor Wyeast over WL is when ordering through the mail during the hot summer. The smack pack will let you know if the yeast is dead or not before you make a starter. The smack pack really isn't a starter because it probably won't give you enough cells.

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Old 08-20-2008, 12:23 AM   #6
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WL and Wyeast are both producing awesome strains. I used Wyeast for the first time on my flanders red because I wanted the Roselare pack. My LHBS carries WL (I think primarily because they're a SD company and secondly because their production brewery uses WL most often too.)

There are a few great dry yeast types on the market as well. I recently used Nottingham and it was pretty great. I find that the limitation in dry yeast is the availability of different strains.

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Old 08-20-2008, 02:56 AM   #7
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have used all and they have all worked well. although the smack pack may not be a true starter, should be good to go until you get to some big beers. +1 to the smack pack letting you know the yeast are active. We have 2 lhbs in town, one carries wl and one wyeast. the one that carries wl doesn;t seem to restock often, and has a small selection compared to the other, so i usually end up using wyeast.

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Old 08-20-2008, 03:45 AM   #8
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The smack pack will let you know if the yeast is dead or not before you make a starter
How is that ????

I just had a pack that never ballooned at the 10 hour mark - still pitched and wort is finally starting to ferment after 40 hours.
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Old 08-20-2008, 03:55 AM   #9
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I am just more familiar with whitelabs and most of my reliable beers use them. Also White Labs has a service that you can redeem yeast labels for yeast or other stuff. So for me White Labs.. but both are just as good as the other.


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Old 08-20-2008, 04:44 AM   #10
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They are both great yeasts, its mostly the packaging that sets them apart. I like Wyeast better because of the Smack Pack, and I prefer Wyeast 1056 American Ale over WLP Calif. Ale, they are supposed to be the same, but my experience is that 1056 is more versatile over a wider temp. range. Just my observations? Also, with Wyeast-my starters have a head start, and that shaves time and worry off my brew.

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