Keep refrigerated. These cultures are fresh.
Wyeast is a home-brewed, family-owned business located in the heart of Oregon’s scenic Columbia River Gorge. Established in 1986, our mission is to inspire homebrewers by providing fresh, pure, pitchable liquid yeast & cultures.
This package contains fresh liquid wild & sour cultures, providing unlimited opportunity for creative fermentation.
For more advanced homebrewers. Pitch rate is based on your beer style, species, fermentation phase (primary or secondary), fermentation temperature, and desired outcome. Learn more about:
For Blended Cultures
For Brettanomyces yeast
For Lactobacillus & Pediococcus bacteria
Remove from refrigeration. Allow package to come to room temperature (70 °F or 21 °C) just prior to use.
Sanitize the package before opening.
Give the package a good shake, tear it open, and pour into 5 gallons (19 L) of unfermented wort or fermented beer.
Adjust conditions to your desired fermentation temperature for the strain. Note, these cultures typically perform best at temperatures of 68 °F (20 °C) or higher.
Adjust your fermenter to your desired temperature for the culture. Fermentation temperature influences the activity of the yeast and bacteria, the characteristics produced during the fermentation process, and the rate at which souring will develop.
Wild & Sour Fermentation Temperatures
A liquid suspension of Premium Liquid Yeast and bacteria cultures grown in sterile, nutrient-enriched medium.
Wyeast’s Premium Liquid Yeast & Cultures for Homebrewing includes Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Saccharomyces cerevisiae var. diastaticus, Brettanomyces yeast, Lactobacillus lactic acid bacteria, Pediococcus lactic acid bacteria, and blends of two or more of these species in our Blended Cultures. Products containing S. cer. var. diastaticus are identified on the front of the package with “STA1 +”, the signature gene of diastatic yeast.
- Sterile Packaged
- UV Light Barrier
- Keep Refrigerated
- Do Not Freeze
Best By Date
This product performs best when used by the Best By date when stored between 34-40 °F (1-4 °C) and used following the instructions here. We calculate our Best By date according to the true age of the yeast and bacteria as determined by our microbiologists, and not simply by the date the product was packaged. This method provides consistent, reliable Best By dates and a minimum of 6 months of shelf life under our product warranty.
Packages close to the Best By date and packages that have experienced temperature fluctuation may take more time to begin fermentation. It is recommended to pitch an additional package if the product is within 60 days of the Best By date. Do not make a starter for blended cultures.
We guarantee the integrity of our yeast & cultures for a minimum of 6 months, assuming they have been properly shipped, stored, and handled. Our packaging material provides 100% oxygen barrier and UV light protection making this guarantee possible. During the guaranteed shelf life, some loss of viability is to be expected. This will vary from one strain to another. However, the rate of viability loss is significantly less than many outside sources claim.
Packages will sometimes swell slightly during shipping, or later while properly stored. This is not an indication of deterioration if the package is within the Best By date. This is due to trace amounts of residual fermentables at the time of packaging being consumed by very active yeast. The cells produce some CO2 during this process, also known as “off gassing,” and cause the package to swell. Some strains are more prone to this than others.
This product is designed and intended for home-scale fermentations and is not warranted for the use in commercial application beyond pilot testing. This product is not for propagation or remanufacturing.
All Wyeast Laboratories, Inc. products are certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union.