IYA18 Joystick - Imperial Organic Yeast

IYA18 Joystick - Imperial Organic Yeast

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A18 Joystick moves fast, but you can use this strain at the low end of the ale fermentation spectrum to keep things clean. A solid option for big, high alcohol, malty beers. It will also preform very well in a hoppy double IPA.

  • Temp: 60-70°F,16-21°C
  • Flocculation: Med-High
  • Attenuation: 73-77%
  • Cell Count: 200 Billion
White Labs Equivalent: N/A
Wyeast Equivalent: Pacman Yeast – WY1764
Usage Instructions:
  • ​Store refrigerated until ready to pitch
  • Shake and kneed pouch to homogenize slurry
  • Sanitize the sealed pouch
  • Open and pitch entire contents into well-aerated wort
Please Note: For best results we Always recommend ordering an Ice Pack with your liquid yeast. Ice Packs can be found below in the "You might Also Need" section.

Please Note: When choosing an ice pack option beware that the liquid yeast will not arrive cold even when shipped together. Ice packs and insulated mailing options are designed to keep the yeast colder for longer during shipment, but they will not ensure that your yeast arrives cold. We will not replace liquid yeast that arrives warm. During warmer months we strongly recommend you choose dry yeast.

Item # IYA18
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Availability California - In Stock
Pennsylvania - In Stock
Weight 0.37 LBS
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Why did you choose this?
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Because I want to brew something similar to dead guy ale.
clear fermentation, lower temperature range
Sina on Nov 14, 2022
Because I want to brew something similar to dead guy ale.
Clean and fast yeast for a SMASH beer
Scott E Balovich on Jan 21, 2023
clear fermentation, lower temperature range
Sina on Nov 14, 2022
need it to make the wort happy.
James M on Mar 7, 2022
For making an American Barleywine
Joel F. on Feb 12, 2022
Just picking away for supplies
Keith T on Nov 11, 2021
Only liquid offered with this kit
Jeff on May 4, 2021
Its organic, we need more organic options!
star w on Oct 7, 2020
Erik B on Jul 10, 2020
I need yeast, my LHBS is out of business
Michael Brierley on May 1, 2020
trying new recipe
Rodolfo D on Mar 26, 2020
clone recipe called for it.
mfricovsky on Feb 7, 2020
Works great for high ABV beers
Mitchel tritt on Nov 4, 2019
Preferred yeast strain for my recipe
Rey C on Sep 17, 2019
recommended by a friend
Craig flewell on Apr 13, 2019
200 Billion cells
R Harris on Dec 8, 2018
amazing yeast
Stephen on Aug 1, 2018
used this before with IPA, great liquid yeast
Iain B on Jun 2, 2018
Heard it's like Chico, but chomps away
G Scott S on May 18, 2018
Because it has 200 bil cells instead of the the 100 bil that most others have
lourin h on May 15, 2018
Clean and fast yeast for a SMASH beer
Scott E Balovich on Jan 21, 2023
need it to make the wort happy.
James M on Mar 7, 2022

3.8 / 5.0
6 Reviews
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Rated 5 out of 5
This yeast is very active and gives a vigorous ferment. I made a starter and waited 24 hours till it was really going. Then I split it and stepped it up to pitch in two separate 10 gallon batches. First batch took off in about 4 hours. The second batch took off in about 8 hours. After 4 days the kreusen is already dropping so I think the primary is just about done. Can’t wait to taste the finished beers!!
February 23, 2022
11 months ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Not good
I am very disappointed with this yeast.

While it works fast and seems to clean up pretty well (e.g., no perceptible diacetyl and decent clarity), the flavor just isn’t enjoyable - almost a strange sweetness that I do not get from other yeasts. Additionally, hop aromas are lacking.

Perhaps it’s fine for really big beers, but it doesn’t yield good results for 6%-7% ABV ales.

Imperial has some great strains, but this one isn’t one of them.
January 28, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Good & Fresh
Got the yeast two weeks after production date. Worked like a champ! Will buy again.
February 13, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 2 out of 5
Quality control issues, not the same or as good as last years.
Last year it was better, this year (2018/19) it has changed and not for the better. Its less flocculant and stays in suspension much longer, and poor dry hop interaction (pulls out less aroma and flavors). I stepped up 2 packs using 3 liters of 1.040 fresh wort oxygenated and placed on a stir plate for 3 days.
I would not recommend it this yeast, I like the strain a lot, just not from Imperial!
February 16, 2019
over 4 years ago
Response from MoreFlavor
Thank you so much for your feedback. We really appreciate the honesty and value great feedback like this as it helps us improve our products. Cheers!
February 18, 2019
Tyler W Staff
Rated 4 out of 5
Did the job
It’s ok. Used this in a 8% alcohol beer had trouble finishing the batch. The beer is good from the sample tube, a little sweeter than intended.

I bought two pouches. The second I’m going to try in a lower abv beer. See how that goes.
November 13, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Joystick power
This yeast is excellent in pale ale beers especially when blended with hops and fruit!
April 1, 2018
over 4 years ago