GigaYeast Double Pitch - GY001 NorCal Ale #1 Yeast

GigaYeast Double Pitch - GY001 NorCal Ale #1 Yeast

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With 200 Billion Yeast Cells per pack, the Giga Yeast Gold Pitch features nearly double the cell count of other liquid yeast producers. This equals faster starts, better flavors, and more insurance that your beer is going to turn out well. Double the yeast for just a little more money.  Smart brewing.

The NorCal Ale #1 Strain
Clean Fermenting, versatile strain from one of the most famous California Pale Ales.  Neutral flavor profile creates a crisp beer and allows hops to shine.  Strong attenuator and good flocculation perfectly suited for a large variety of styles.  Good choice for high gravity beers.

More On Cell Count
200 Billion cells per pouch means that with one pounch you can attain the gold standard of pitch count. The ideal pitch rate is .75 million yeast cells for every milliter of wort  times degrees plato for nearly any beer you will make. 200 billion yeast cells is also fantastic if you are making 5 gallons of high gravity beer and don't have time to make a starter.  Saves money if you are making 10 gallons and only want to buy one yeast. Getting twice as many cells per pack versus the other brands is also a great idea for mail order shipment, which can be a little tough on liquid yeast.


Attenuation Medium Gravity*:  76% – 80%
Attenuation High Gravity*: 78% – 80%  (10.5% – 11.0% ABV)
Temperature Range†:  64˚F – 77˚F
Flocculation:  Medium

Style Uses:

  • India Pale Ale
  • Pale Ale
  • Barley Wine
  • Stout
  • Bitter
  • ESB

* Attenuation was measured after 8 days with Ale yeast at 70˚F and Lager yeast at 50˚F.  Medium Gravity is 14˚ – 16˚Plato.  High Gravity is 23˚- 25˚Plato.

†  The working temperature range represents the range at which fermentation for a given strain produces a typical attenuation- not necessarily the ideal temperature for your particular beer style.  As a rule of thumb, start ale yeast fermentation at 68˚ – 72˚F and then lower or raise temp as desired.  Lager Yeast are typically fermented at 45˚ – 58˚F.  If desired, Lager Yeast can be given a “hot start” at 65-68˚F and then lowered to the primary temperature after active fermentation begins (10-20hrs).


For best results we always recommend ordering an ice pack with your liquid yeast.


Item # GY001
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 0.35 LBS
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Great yeast! Used many times as direct pitch and as a starter.
Alex Perkins on Nov 14, 2019
Great yeast! Never had any problems
Alex Perkins on Nov 1, 2019
Great yeast! Used many times as direct pitch and as a starter.
Alex Perkins on Nov 14, 2019
Looking for the closest yeast to Russian river
Brian B on Nov 4, 2019
Great yeast! Never had any problems
Alex Perkins on Nov 1, 2019
Very active throughout primary
Dennis Hannaford on Oct 26, 2019
Best offered
Craig M on Oct 24, 2019
no need for starter
dave m on Oct 23, 2019
never tried this brand before
Harry C on Oct 22, 2019
High yeast count to get fast and thorough fermentation.
John K on Oct 14, 2019
It was recommended
Michael R on Oct 12, 2019
quick fermentation
sean c on Oct 9, 2019
Todd S on Oct 8, 2019
was recommended
james williams on Oct 5, 2019
Had results in the past
Chris W on Oct 2, 2019
It was appropriate for the style
Paul A on Sep 23, 2019
Need it!
Bill M on Sep 17, 2019
first try
Cobe M on Sep 7, 2019
Gus M on Aug 28, 2019
Great product
Dennis B on Jul 25, 2019
Sounds cool!
Phillip D on Jul 23, 2019
Recommended by you
Dennis Hannaford on Jul 18, 2019
I use Giga- when >7% ABV
Randy R on Jul 16, 2019
James G on Jul 2, 2019
Amazing activity on previous brew and excellent flavors.
Ride monger on Jun 20, 2019
Has worked good in the past
shawn r on Jun 17, 2019
Need more beer
Louis M on Jun 10, 2019
Cell count , so I can avoid making a starter .
Armando l on May 2, 2019
New yeast for me.
Chris M on Apr 30, 2019
My favorite
Valued C on Apr 23, 2019
I don't want to make a starter for the Pliny the Elder kit
Brian L on Apr 18, 2019
So we don't need a starter.
Steve N on Apr 15, 2019
looking for a more attenuative yeast
Richard A on Apr 15, 2019
Try something new
Jim b on Apr 9, 2019
Heard good things about this yeast
Dale P on Apr 5, 2019
It starts easy and ferments vigorously
Bruce C on Apr 4, 2019
I like the cell count optimization in the description.
Christine R K on Feb 19, 2019
Blonde ale
Adam T on Feb 2, 2019
It says #1
Christian M on Jan 21, 2019
Great results, energetic fermentation
Harlan S C on Jan 19, 2019
good luck with this
dennis O on Jan 1, 2019
Thomas H on Dec 19, 2018
Gift requested
Karrie P on Dec 18, 2018
Need yeast ASAP
B M on Dec 12, 2018
We might make a double batch, but also maybe just a single. This will cover both options!
EDWARD S L on Nov 17, 2018
Comfort of double the cell count
Gary Z on Nov 17, 2018
Double the yeast.
Dan P on Nov 17, 2018
online reviews
Ronnie M on Nov 17, 2018
the reviews, in my opinion quality yeast is crucial
dennis O on Oct 30, 2018
Valued C on Oct 14, 2018
Sending this kit as gift to my brother. Brewing a big beer without a starter, looks like this has enough yeast.
Gunnar E on Sep 14, 2018
i am making beer soon
Michael B on Sep 12, 2018
Looking for the closest yeast to Russian river
Brian B on Nov 4, 2019
Very active throughout primary
Dennis Hannaford on Oct 26, 2019

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GigaYeast Norcal
Used GIGAYEAST Norcal for a stout and it worked great, even seemed to continue work well during second fermentation.
November 3, 2019
1 month ago
It’s 8.99 for a reason, simply effective.
October 22, 2019
1 month ago
So far so good. Action after about 12 hours, can’t wait for the finished product.
January 10, 2019
10 months ago
Started working fast.
December 20, 2018
11 months ago
the batch date has been recent on all orders I have purchased.
December 4, 2018
1 year ago
Active and quick
I refrigerated the packet once I received it and used it within a few days. The fermentation kicked off in the first day and was vary active. The specific gravity fell to the expected level, so my experience with this yeast was positive.
September 10, 2018
1 year ago
Great yeast
The extra money money spent on this double pitch is worth it. Very fast start.
September 6, 2018
1 year ago
Arrived past make a starter date
Arrived & the make a starter date was 2 weeks prior which if you're going to make a starter why pay more for the higher yeast count. Will stick to wyeast or white labs in the future
August 31, 2018
Excellent product
This yeast was a fast starter and definitely got the fermentation rolling. The wheat ale hit its target alcohol level in one week and was lighter than.any other batch of the same wheat ale ide brewed previously. I can't wait for the final result
August 16, 2018
1 year ago
Ordered with ice packs and insulated packaging...I had concerns when it still arrived close to room temperature. I refrigerated immediately and brewed a week later. Fermentation has been the most active I have ever seen from a direct pitch without a starter...
August 13, 2018
1 year 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!
August 14, 2018
Zach R Staff