WY2112 California Lager Yeast - Wyeast

WY2112 California Lager Yeast - Wyeast

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The California Common or Steam beer, made famous by Anchor Brewing Company, is the quintessential example of the style behind this strain.  A hybrid lager strain that performs well at ale temperatures and demonstrates a full and provacative flavor profile.  An absolute must for San Francisco style lagers! Don't forget your Northern Brewer hops!

This strain is particularly well suited for producing 19th century-style West Coast beers with woody/minty hop flavor. It retains lager characteristics at temperatures up to 65°F (18°C) and produces malty, brilliantly clear beers. This strain is not recommended for cold temperature fermentation.

Flocculation: high
Attenuation: 67-71%
Temperature Range: 58-68° F (14-20° C)
Alcohol Tolerance: approximately 9% ABV

Baltic Porter
California Common Beer
Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer
Cream Ale
Other Smoked Beer
Premium American Lager
Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer

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 # WY2112
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Availability California - In Stock
Pennsylvania - In Stock
Weight 0.19 LBS
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Ease of fermentation
Oscar Rueda on Feb 7, 2023
to ferment an Anchor Steam clone (Cal Common).
Roger Schmitz on Nov 23, 2021
Ease of fermentation
Oscar Rueda on Feb 7, 2023
used before
Donald J C on Apr 9, 2022
to ferment an Anchor Steam clone (Cal Common).
Roger Schmitz on Nov 23, 2021
Gives a clean tasting finish.
Herman Pierson I on Jan 21, 2021
Edward Hrebec I on Aug 21, 2020
Raymond T on Jul 23, 2020
used before
Eric M on Apr 29, 2020
Barrel project porter recipe
Edward B on Apr 9, 2020
Pop and brew
Cindi R on Apr 1, 2020
CA common
Daniel Collins on Mar 31, 2020
Making a California Lager
Matthew W on Mar 19, 2020
To brew a Steam beer.
James Shepherd I on Feb 22, 2020
Adam S on Feb 4, 2020
For a Cal Common beer
Jeremy Skocy on Jan 4, 2020
steam style
Kent d P on Oct 17, 2019
Tropical Stout
Ryan Anderson on Sep 24, 2019
CA common
Richard S on Sep 13, 2019
Don't like white labs
shawn r on Jun 17, 2019
Need for Cali Common recipe
Adam P. S on May 24, 2019
brew a lager
Robert G on Jan 8, 2019
Used for a California Common recipe
George M on Sep 12, 2018
A good choice for a lager without cold fermentation
Bryon V on Aug 28, 2018
Ken Larson on Jul 10, 2018
Awesome Yeast! Can ferment any lager at ale temps with little to no sulfur including Oktoberfest
Rob Viola on Jun 14, 2018
Making a California common
Steve P on Mar 5, 2018
Lager like at All temps.
Chris W on Feb 20, 2018
Most versatile lager yeast there is
Rob Viola on Feb 9, 2018
Brewing California Common, obvious choice
Bill B on Jan 27, 2018
This lager yeast will work at 63 degrees. That is the temp of my basement in winter.
Bruce E M on Jan 25, 2018
used before
Donald J C on Apr 9, 2022
Gives a clean tasting finish.
Herman Pierson I on Jan 21, 2021

4.5 / 5.0
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Rated 3 out of 5
Great yeast if you can get it in good condition.
It’s good yeast but it’s very hard to get it delivered in good condition this time of year. Unless you can get it (in an insulated bag with ice packs) over night, it will start to grow and is then really hard to revive in my experience.
July 16, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect for pitching without a starter for an OG of 1.045. Ideal for higher temp range.
February 16, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Was cold when we received it.
December 4, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great yeast
This yeast always been very productive for the California Common is used for. Forms a nice krausen and clean flavor.
September 26, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent Yeast
I highly recommend this yeast for brewing California Common. It takes off vigorously and gives a nice crisp finish. An Uncommon Common brewed with this yeast at a near steady 68 degF recently took 3rd place at a regional home-brew competition.
July 24, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent choice
You can brew a real lager with this yeast without the extra pitching rate necessary when you ferment at cooler temps. Makes brewing cleaner beers easier.
May 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
Vigorous performer
I used this as an addition to a slow lager fermentation and it seemed to work very well - finished off the ferment and dropped out the previous pitch of (different) yeast to leave a clean clear lager
May 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
Great Product
Very good for Cali Common beer or Baltic Porters.
May 6, 2015