US West Coast
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A top fermenting ale strain suitable for American style ales. This yeast produces an exceptionally clean flavor, ideal for when you want the hop character to really punch through. Beers fermented with this strain will finish dry, and very light beers will not be thin or watery. Acidity will be low, and mouthfeel will be light and soft on the palate with a smooth non-astringent texture. As this strain is highly flocculant and resilient and not prone to autolysis, it is excellent for cask or bottle conditioning.
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Brewing Properties of US West Coast
The functional properties of brewing yeasts have a direct impact on the performance, quality and economics of the resulting beer.
The alcohol tolerance determines the ABV at which yeast cells go dormant and stop fermenting.
Attenuation refers to the percentage of sugars converted to alcohol and carbon dioxide, as measured by specific gravity.
Flocculation refers to the tendency of yeast to form clumps called "flocs" that drop in order to make the beer clear.
The optimal temperature is the range in which the yeast performs best without putting off any off-flavors. Pitching the yeast into wort usually happens at the low end of the temperature range.
Comparable Beer Yeast
If you cannot find US West Coast anywhere, you can substitute one of the following yeasts for a similar result.
Common Beer Styles using US West Coast
These are the most popular beer styles that make use of the US West Coast yeast:
Americal Pale Ale, Double IPA & American Imperial Stout
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