WY1469 West Yorkshire Ale Yeast - Wyeast

WY1469 West Yorkshire Ale Yeast - Wyeast

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A seldom used strain in the homebrew community, this gem will give a full and complex flavor profile.  Will finish relatively sweet but clear. An excellent choice for those who want a clear beer without all of the hassle of fining or filtration.

This strain produces ales with a full chewy malt flavor and character, but finishes dry, producing famously balanced beers. Expect moderate nutty and stone-fruit esters. Best used for the production of cask-conditioned bitters, ESB and mild ales. Reliably flocculent, producing bright beer without filtration.

Flocculation: High
Attenuation: 67-71%
Temperature Range: 64-72°F (18-22°C)
Alcohol Tolerance: 9% ABV
Cell Count: 100 Billion


  • English IPA
  • Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Southern English Brown
  • Special/Best/Premium Bitter
  • Standard/Ordinary Bitter
  • Sweet Stout

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

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 # WY1469
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 0.19 LBS
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Jamil made me
David C on Feb 2, 2023
Best English ale yeast, hands down.
Oliver I on May 4, 2022
Jamil made me
David C on Feb 2, 2023
Because Jamil told me too
David S on Oct 13, 2022
Best English ale yeast, hands down.
Oliver I on May 4, 2022
My go to ale yeast
Timothy Hamilton on Apr 7, 2022
I wanted it
Pete H on Apr 1, 2022
I've heard great things.
Tysen Bibb on Feb 1, 2022
Use in English ales
William Carter on Jan 31, 2022
Dark Mild Ale
David S E on Nov 24, 2021
Favorite English Yeast
John S on Nov 8, 2021
It's wonderful
Nathan B on Aug 31, 2021
making old recipes a little different with a new yeast strain
Mike W on May 10, 2021
Greg M on Nov 19, 2020
Recommend by fellow home brewer
Dennis V on Nov 6, 2020
Making an ESB
Nicolas R on Jun 29, 2020
To use in a British bitter recipe
Alan Brown on Jun 13, 2020
Love the flavor of this yeast in British Milds
Neil L on May 19, 2020
This is my favorite yeast for milds and bitters.
Kenton C on May 5, 2020
Tim Taylor yeast is great for bringing out orange citrus notes or making a Landlord/Innkeeper clone.
David C Lavery on Apr 12, 2020
Making a Dark Mild
Kenneth G on Mar 7, 2020
This is my favorite for bitters
Cause I love the Yeastie Boys
Christopher J L on Oct 17, 2019
Because I'm making an ESB
Logan D on Sep 19, 2019
Used in an ESB
Adam P. S on May 22, 2019
My favorite English ale yeast.
Sean Kinnas on May 20, 2019
Just about the best fruity English yeast character you'll find.
Cesar B on Mar 28, 2019
Making a Timothy Taylor Landlord clone
Jim Spaulding on Feb 19, 2019
Sounds interesting for a stout
Brian k on Feb 5, 2019
Sounded intriguing and I enjoy that it is not widely used.
Kristyn L on Nov 22, 2018
Favorite, and it is not always available
Chris L on Nov 21, 2018
samuel smith clone
David P on Nov 21, 2018
looking to emulate Landlord ale
James P on Nov 17, 2018
Trying to brew something with as close to a Samuel Smith' character as possible.
Olan S on Oct 18, 2018
Wyeast has never let me down and trying my hand at a personal recipe of an EPA
aaron scholes on Sep 29, 2018
Clean British Yeast without too much earthy or smoky
William E on Jul 31, 2018
This is my favorite yeast
Chris B on Jul 23, 2018
Favorite English Yeast
Sean Kinnas on Jun 14, 2018
TOMMY R on May 22, 2018
Best for northern UK bitters clones
TOMMY R on May 22, 2018
I saw a great review for it
Tim M on Feb 16, 2018
been wanting to try it for ages, hear such good things
donald w on Feb 14, 2018
One of my favorite yeasts for English ales
Eric B on Feb 9, 2018
Your description, the cask-condition nature I've been trying for in darks.
Mike B on Jan 17, 2018
Timothy Taylors, Jamil Zainascheff, NHC award winning beer
Valued C on Jan 10, 2018
Because Jamil told me too
David S on Oct 13, 2022
My go to ale yeast
Timothy Hamilton on Apr 7, 2022
Does it finish sweet or dry? The description contradicts itself for Wyeast 1469: "Will finish relatively sweet but clear. ".. "chewy malt flavor and character, but finishes dry, producing famously balanced beers."
David C Lavery on Jun 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Fairly dry;-). I use it for all my british bitters, and it KILLS. Great fruity/malty british character, no problems with diacetyl. I'd say the manufacturers description is more accurate. I usually ferment at 66 and then ramp up to 70/72 as soon as fermentation slows. I even harvest this by top cropping the krausen, which by the way, never really drops.

4.9 / 5.0
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Rated 5 out of 5
Best British Yeast
In my opinion, this is the best yeast to use for any British style beer. It may not be as popular as the other strains or as high attenuating, but it gives the most unique taste to your beer that you will find. I've used it for Bitters and Stouts and wouldn't turn to any other yeast if I was looking for a strictly British beer.
December 30, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Timothy Taylor's?
I love Yorkshire ales. Cask Ales to be precise. And this product meets the mark in every aspect of what that means.
August 24, 2022
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I used this in conjunction with a MoreBeer Best Bitter kit. Wow! What a great yeast. Layers of complexity which could have only come from the yeast given the simple recipe. Can't wait to make an English Brown Ale or Robust Porter with it. The description is spot on. The finished beer was malty yet dry. I preferred this to Dry English Ale from White Labs.
May 5, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Very good British yeast - used in an English IPA, efficiency was short would have liked to see this yeast chew on something 6%+. Definitely did it’s job, flavor great, and flocculent. One of few brews you can pour out the bottle and the yeast cake stays tight at the bottom.
December 9, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best English Ale Yeast
Creates a well-balanced British ale with a crisp finish to balance the malt. Create an ale like those served in pubs throughout the Yorkshire Dales.
June 3, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best yeast for best bitter
April 16, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My favorite English ale yeast
I use this yeast for most of my English ales.
January 23, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
One of my favorites!
More than half the beer I make is strong bitter. I've experimented with many English strains over the years and I've landed on this one. Just about the best British bitter strain out there. In my state's largest and longest running beer comp I have taken 1st in the bitter category three years running using this yeast.
As the previous review mentions, the krausen never seems to fall. I've learned to accept that with this strain and begin cold crash when it is at FG. The krausen does fall during cold crash.
Provides decent clarity without filtration or gelatin, but I typically use gelatin to get exceptional clarity.
December 12, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
Fantastic for
I love this stuff. I've brewed many gallons of standard bitter with it, and it produces just enough malty interest to compliment the hops, without being in your face. Can be a little temperamental, but not overly so as long as pitching rates and temperature control are adequate. Krausen never seems to fall with this strain, but I just monitor attenuation and rack out from under when things have finished up.
February 18, 2014