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Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale

Wyeast 1469 West Yorkshire Ale

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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.
Item # WY1469
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 0.19 LBS
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This is my favorite for bitters
Liz B on Nov 1, 2019
Because I'm making an ESB
Logan D on Sep 19, 2019
This is my favorite for bitters
Liz B on Nov 1, 2019
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
Cause I love the Yeastie Boys
Christopher J L on Oct 17, 2019
Used in an ESB
Adam P. S on May 22, 2019
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: I find it finishes dry. Not as dry as Nottingham dry yeast but clear, well-attenuated with residual frutiness.

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Never Again
I have tried to like this yeast, but it has been my nemesis to the point of making me throw in the towel on home brewing for a few months. Out of about 7-8 batches over the past four years, I can recall only one that did not come out with strange off-flavors or unpleasant hints of background sourness. I consider myself a pretty good intermediate-to-advanced all-grain brewer that can regularly crank out beers based on W-1318, W-1968, W-1028, W-1187 et al. with (I think) excellent results. With W-1469, I have practiced extremely fastidious sanitation, over-pitching, extra oxygenation, temp control to 63-68F and extended diacetyl rests, but still end up with bitters with strange off-flavors, especially right out of the fermentor. (I have noticed that most beers did improve a bit after a few weeks in the keg or bottle.) I'm at my wits end with this strain and I read the glowing reviews of W-1469 with something akin to stunned amazement. Perhaps I have been extraordinarily unlucky or perhaps people actually like the flavors this yeast produces? I love Tim Taylor Landlord, but I think I could get closer to it by brewing with some Yorkshire cow pies than with W-1469.
January 1, 2020
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
1 year ago
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 2 years ago
Best yeast for best bitter
April 16, 2018
1 year ago
My favorite English ale yeast
I use this yeast for most of my English ales.
January 23, 2018
over 2 years ago
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
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