We're pleased to announce that Wyeast 1217 West Coast IPA ($8.69), from the Wyeast "Private Collection" series, is now and will be available at Siciliano's Market for the remainder of this year.
This most prolific of seasonal yeast strains, offered through the months of November and December, plays host to a character trait that may have you experimenting the next time a recipe calls for an American ale yeast strain. The trait in question? Flocculation.
Flocculation refers to the ability of yeast to “grab” onto itself after alcoholic fermentation has ceased. Through this process, clumps of yeast become heavy enough to fall to the bottom of a fermentation vessel, and, in doing so, leave us with clearer beer!
The major difference between Wyeast 1217 and the classic American Ale strain (Wyeast 1056) is an increased rate of flocculation with less need for manipulation on behalf of the brewer. It is worth noting, however, that although excellent for IPAs, the 1217 strain is also ideally suited for malt-forward beers such as scotch ales, red ales, and brown ales. This is due to mild ester production, even at warmer temperatures. ('Tis the season to make winter warmers!) The specifics regarding the strain can be found below and on the Wyeast website.
I’d also like to take a moment to inform our brewers that orders for Wyeast are placed every Monday morning. We do this for two reasons: first, to ensure the freshest of yeast possible, and second, to allow for anyone to place special orders for large quantities of yeast or specific strains that we may not carry on a regular basis. If you wish to place a special order, simply call the store and leave the order for Doug, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wyeast 1217-PC West Coast IPABeer Styles: American IPA, Imperial IPA, American Pale Ale, American brown ale, Red Ales, Scottish Ales
Profile: This strain is ideally suited to the production of west-coast style American craft beers, especially pale, IPA, red, and specialties. Thorough attenuation, temp tolerance, and good flocculation make this an easy strain to work with. Flavor is balanced neutral with mild ester formation at warmer temps, allowing hops, character malts, and flavorings to show through.
- Alc. Tolerance 10% ABV
- Flocculation med-high
- Attenuation 73-80%
- Temp. Range 62-74°F (17-23°C)
*Prices subject to change.