Very clean, crisp flavor characteristics with low fruitiness and mild ester production. A very versatile yeast for styles that desire dominant malt and hop character. This strain makes a wonderful "House" strain. Mild citrus notes develop with cooler 60-66°F (15-19ºC) fermentations. Normally requires filtration for bright beers.
Temperature Range: 60-72F, 15-22C
Alcohol Tolerance: 11% ABV
American Amber Ale
American Brown Ale
American Pale Ale
Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer
Irish Red Ale
Other Smoked Beer
Russian Imperial Stout
Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
Strong Scotch Ale
Wyeast Activator 1056 - American Ale
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the ubiquitous "Chico strain" used by legions of home brewers and professional brewers alike. This yeast strain was developed by the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and is what is used to ferment Sierra Nevada Pale Ale among many other beers. The Wyeast "smack pack" is a great delivery system for yeast. After smacking the pack to burst the inner pouch of nutrients, the rate and amount the whole thing inflates tells you how active and viable the yeast is. Quite an effective system and I can't say enough how much I respect Wyeast products.
I have used this particular yeast strain extensively as a home brewer and find it to be great choice for almost any kind of american style ale in which you want to showcase the flavors of the hops or malt used instead of focusing on flavors derived from the fermentation process itself. Wyeast 1056 works exceptionally well in hoppy beers like pale ales, India pale ales, and double/imperial IPAs, as well as American interpretations...
1056 is one of the best yeasts out there, especially for IPAs. It is clean, attenuates well, and gives you a fairly speedy fermentation. Every time I've used it, major fermentation was complete in about three or four days.
With this packaging, creating a starter isn't necessary, even for higher gravity beers. Take it out of the refrigerator first thing on brew day, smack it, and by the time you're ready to pitch you have a fully activated (and hungry) yeast colony.
1056 is my go-to yeast whenever I have a big beer. It's a great strain and the Activator pack makes using the liquid culture hassle-free.
It arrived on time, and was well packaged. It was fresh, and very viable. It fermented my 5 gal. batch of American Pale Ale quite nicely, though for a higher gravity beer I would use it with a starter. I will definitely use this product again.
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