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WLP200 Best of Both Worlds Yeast Blend - White Labs Yeast
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The History of The Best of Both Worlds From MoreBeer!

Olin "Hey Chris, for our brew this weekend I am thinking we should use California yeast. I love the clean neutral flavor and high attentuation that lets the malt and hops shine through"

Chris "True, and you can never go wrong with California, but I am thinking English. It flocculates so much you always have perfectly clear beer and you can't beat the malty flavor."

Olin "We're homebrewing right? Lets do one of each!"

And so it often went around MoreBeer! for over 15 years. One 10 gallon batch, split evenly into two carboys, and pitched with California and English yeast. These beers were then blended at the tap to achieve the perfect harmony. Just recently, and we are surprised it took them so long, Chris and Olin realized that even though they now brew in 14 gallon MoreBeer! conicals and no longer split their batches, they could mix the strains directly in the fermenter.

Blending WLP001 and WLP002 Right in the Vial
We asked our friends at White Labs if the two strains could be blended right in the vial. They told us it was possible (and they even liked the idea!) so we began working on a final formula.  Because English tends to dominate just a little, we lowered the percentage of English and raised the percentage of California in the final blend. 

The Flavors and Fermentation Characteristics
What we found in our years of blending at the tap holds true - you can expect the malty flavors and aromas of English combined with the ability of California to highlight hops. The true bonus of blending the strains prior to fermentation was discovered in a test at White Labs. The California strain will ferment more sugar than English and that holds true in the blend so your beers will have a higher attenuation (less malt sugar left in beer). Conversely the blend had the same level of  flocculation (ability to clump and drop out of solution) as English, natually leaving a clear beer after fermentation. The English yeast cells apparently also help drop the California yeast cells out of solution. The end result is a yeast blend that has the awesome flavors of the two best selling yeast of all time with the attentuation of California and the flocculation of English... The Best of Both Worlds.  

Somebody queue the music because we are seriously having too much fun.  

Item # WLP200
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 0.14LBS
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This yeast is recommended for the Columbus IPA Kit I bought
Andrew R on Jul 27, 2018
Summertime Ale
Jim Riffe on Jul 10, 2018
This yeast is recommended for the Columbus IPA Kit I bought
Andrew R on Jul 27, 2018
feeling a little adventurous
carl l on Jul 19, 2018
Summertime Ale
Jim Riffe on Jul 10, 2018
After reading about the blend, excited to try it out
Donald W on Jun 11, 2018
Read the write up. How could you not chose this for a Brown Ale?!
Stuckert, G on Jun 5, 2018
nothing particular
cheryl m on Jun 1, 2018
Evaluation
Jim Riffe on Mar 16, 2018
feeling a little adventurous
carl l on Jul 19, 2018
After reading about the blend, excited to try it out
Donald W on Jun 11, 2018
Reviews

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Excellent all around yeast!!
I am extremely happy with the Best If Both Worlds yeast! It produces a fairly malty brew that becomes crystal clear quickly. I have used it for IPA’s, Brown ales, as well as pale ales. Great yeast with consistant results.
Cheers!!??
Cheers!!??
February 22, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
This has been great for my strong IPA beers. I like supporting a CA compny too!
January 27, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
Great Yeast for English Brown Ale
I recently used this for a brown ale. Chose it because I didn't want the full ester-flavor associated with wlp002, but was looking for a yeast that attenuated & flocculated similar to it. Great choice. Used a yeast starter, and required a blow off valve. Activity in blow off remained strong until 6th day, slowed and stopped after 7 days. Fermentation temp was between 67-68, and ramped up to 71 at end. I'll use it again, not sure how many times I can reuse the yeast though because of the hybrid of wlp001 & 002.
September 11, 2015
Another goto yeast
Quick ferments on wheats and IPAs. Wheat 1st and then dump the IPA right on the trub and it takes off. I haven't done a split batch yet, but I'm getting to that.
May 31, 2015
Well?????
Had higher hopes for this blend to attenuate like California and not so much to flocculate but to get the maltiness associated with the British strain. I did not get any British overtones what so ever, just California profile.
May 27, 2015
I highly recommend this!
This stuff is great. I does exactly what it says, manages to attenuate well, highlighting the hops, but letting the malt shine through.
May 27, 2015
Great Yeast, balanced and clean flavor
Used this in an Imperial IPA (OG 1.092) with an addition of dried fruit in secondary. It produced a clean, balanced, and incredibly drinkable beer. MoreBeer has created a great blend here, and it's a good opportunity to see the results that can be achieved with a blend of yeast (while being more affordable for us homebrewers!) I made a 2L starter with the yeast, then pitched into 5 gallons of wort.
May 21, 2015
Good yeast blend
I used this to brew up an hybrid American/English IPA and it worked exactly as you'd hope. It produced some nice esters like an english yeast should, but not in a large amount. It attenuated right in between where 001 and 002 normally would. Flocculated like English. Basically, a very predictable result and it produced a real interesting IPA. Would use it again when doing a beer like this.
May 5, 2015
ok
good
May 5, 2015
Not the yeast for me.
I did not particularly care for this blend. It was very slow and nothing outstanding in the end. Pitched on an American pale at 1.048 OG held at 66 degrees. I made a 1.5 liter starter on stir plate for 18 hours...no apparent activity. Pitched the whole starter and developed evidence or activity at 24 hours (36 total) and finally got going. This is the slowest I have ever seen with a starter. Fermented for 8 days so I left it on the yeast for 14 days and bottled. End result was OK but nothing that really impressed. It does floc out well. I think this yeast is like installing a small block V8 in Jaguar E type. Both great products in there own right but now neither one has any idea what it is suppose to be. I will keep my 001 and 002 separate and continue to use both. Cheers
April 25, 2015