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Yeast Comparison Charts

Brewers make wort, yeast makes beer. The eternal maxim surrounding our fantastic hobby. The roll of the brewer is to make sure that the right wort, the right yeast, and the right conditions are set up to make a great beer. When I first started formulating my own recipes, yeast selection was one of the most difficult parts of the process. I emulated Guinness, my gateway into dark beers, and read time and again that the yeast used was White Labs 004, Irish Ale Yeast. Unfortunately, my local homebrew shop only carried WYeast. Further research showed that I could also use WYeast 1084, supposedly the same strain. The concept of strains wasn't new to me, but the idea that multiple yeast labs could produce the same strain of yeast was. I've since come to believe that many of the same "strains" sold by different labs aren't exactly the same, but that doesn't change the fact that a different strain may be similar enough to work when your chosen strain isn't available. Below are a few tables which will help you find the right substitute yeast.

Ale Yeast Comparison Table

Common Name WYeast White Labs Danstar/Fermentis Notes/Other
German Ale Dusseldorf Alt 1007 WLP036   WLP029 will work, but enhance hops more so than the other two strains.
American Wheat 1010  WLP320   WLP029 will work, but enhance hops more so than the other two strains.
London Ale 1028 WLP013 S04 (Not an exact match)  
Chico Strain 1056 WLP001 S05 Omega OLY-004 and BRY-97 also work
Irish Ale 1084 WLP004 S04 (Not an exact match)  
British Ale 1098 WLP007 S04 (Not an exact match)  
Whitebread 1099 WLP017 (Seasonal) S04  
Ringwood 1187 WLP005 S04 (Not an exact match)  
American Ale II/California Ale V 1272 WLP051 S05 (Not an exact match)  
Thames Valley Ale/Burton Ale 1275 WLP023 S04 (Not an exact match)  
London Ale III 1318     S04 will work as a substitute, but it isn't exact
Northwest Ale 1332     S05 is close, but will not produce as clear a beer in the same time frame
British Ale 1187   S04 (Not an exact match) WLP007 is not that close, but it is a reasonable substitution and will work well
Denny's Favorite 1450   S05 (Not an exact match) Named for the wonderful Denny Conn, check him out on his blog Experimental Homebrewing
West Yorkshire 1469   S04 WLP002 can be subbed in with good results
Scottish/Edinburgh 1728 WLP028    
London ESB 1968 WLP002 S04 (Not an exact match)  
Kolsch 2565 WLP003 (Seasonal)    

Belgian Ale Yeast Comparison Table

Common Name WYeast White Labs Danstar/Fermentis Notes/Other
Belgian Abbey 1214 WLP500    
Belgian Strong 1388 WLP570    
Belgian Abbey II 1762 WLP540    
Bavarian Wheat Blend 3056   WB-06  
Weihenstephan Weizen 3068 WLP300    
German Wheat 3333 WLP380    
Belgian Ardennes 3522 WLP550    
Bavarian Wheat 3638 WLP351    
French Saison 3711 WLP590 (Seasonal)  Belle Saison  
Belgian Saison 3724 WLP566    
Trappist High Gravity 3787 WLP530    
Belgian Wheat 3942      
Belgian Witbier 3944  WLP400 T-58 or WB-06  

Lager Yeast Comparison Table

Common Name WYeast White Labs Danstar/Fermentis Notes/Other
Budvar Lager 2000 WLP802 (Not an exact match) S23 (Not an exact match)  
Urqell Lager/Pilsner Lager 2001 WLP800 S23 (Not an exact match)  
Pilsen Lager/American Lager 2007 WLP840 W34/70  
American Lager 2035 WLP840 (Not an exact match) W34/70 (Not an exact match)  
Danish Lager/Copenhagen Lager 2042 WLP850 W34/70 (Not an exact match)  
California Lager/San Fran. Lager 2112 WLP810  S23 (Not an exact match)  
Bohemian Lager/German Lager 2142 WLP830 W34/70 (Not an exact match)  
Bavarian Lager/Oktoberfest Lager 2206 WLP820 W34/70 (Not an exact match)  
Czech Pils 2278 WLP802 (Not an exact match) W34/70 (Not an exact match)  
Munich Lager 2308 WLP838 W34/70 (Not an exact match)  
Oktoberfest Blend 2633 WLP833 W34/70 (Not an exact match)  

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