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cj in j
post Oct 25 2005, 07:38 AM
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NOTE: See the 5th post in this thread for a better cross-reference than this one.

Wyeast / White Labs Comparisons
Similar strains

Often people ask for a comparison chart between Wyeast and White Labs strains. Here is one chart that has been floating around for a while. It shows strains that are similar -- most are not exactly the same, but you'll get similar results with the substitutions shown.

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Wyeast-White Labs
1007 German Ale Yeast = WLP029 German / Kolsch Ale Yeast
1010 American Wheat = WLP320 American Hefeweizen Ale Yeast
1026 British Cask Ale = N/A ***No Equivalent***
1028 London Ale Yeast = WLP013 London Ale Yeast
1056 American Ale Yeast = WLP001 California Ale Yeast
1084 Irish Ale Yeast = WLP004 Irish Ale Yeast
1087 Wyeast Ale Blend = N/A ***No Equivalent***
1098 British Ale Yeast = WLP005 British Ale Yeast
1099 Whitbread Ale Yeast = WLP006 Bedford British Yeast (PS/Sep-Oct)
1187 Ringwood Ale Yeast = WLP005 British Ale Yeast
1214 Belgian Ale Yeast = WLP550 Belgian Ale Yeast
1272 American Ale Yeast II = WLP051 California V Ale Yeast
1275 Thames Valley Ale Yeast = WLP023 Burton Ale Yeast
1318 London Ale Yeast III = WLP002 English Ale Yeast
1332 Northwest Ale Yeast = WLP005 British Ale Yeast
1335 British Ale Yeast II = WLP025 Southwold Ale Yeast (PS/Nov-Dec)
1338 European Ale Yeast = WLP011 European Ale Yeast
1388 Belgian Strong Ale Yeast = WLP570 Belgian Golden Ale Yeast
1728 Scottish Ale Yeast = WLP028 Edinburgh Scottish Ale Yeast
1762 Belgian Abbey Yeast II = WLP530 Abbey Ale Yeast
1968 London ESB Ale Yeast = WLP002 English Ale Yeast
2007 Pilsen Lager Yeast = WLP800 Pilsner Lager Yeast
2035 American Lager Yeast = WLP840 American Pilsner Lager Yeast
2042 Danish Lager Yeast = WLP830 German Lager Yeast
2112 California Lager Yeast = WLP810 San Francisco Lager Yeast
2124 Bohemian Lager Yeast = WLP830 German Lager Yeast
2178 Wyeast Lager Blend = N/A ***No Equivalent***
2206 Bavarian Lager Yeast = WLP820 Oktoberfest Lager Yeast
2247 European Lager Yeast = WLP920 Old Bavarian Lager Yeast (PS/Sep-Oct)
2272 N American Lager Yeast = WLP840 American Pilsner Lager Yeast
2278 Czech Pils Yeast = WLP802 Czech Budejovice Lager Yeast
2308 Munich Lager Yeast = WLP838 Southern German Lager Yeast
2565 Kolsch Yeast = WLP029 German / Kolsch Ale Yeast
3056 Bavarian Wheat Yeast Blend = N/A ***No Equivalent***
3068 Weihenstephan Weizen Yeast = WLP300 Hefeweizen Ale Yeast
3112 Brettanomyces Bruxellensis = N/A ***No Equivalent***
3278 Belgian Lambic Blend = N/A ***No Equivalent***
3333 German Wheat Yeast = WLP380 Hefeweizen IV Ale Yeast
3463 Forbidden Fruit Yeast = WLP720 Sweet Mead / Wine Yeast
3522 Belgian Ardennes Yeast = WLP510 Belgian Bastogne Ale Yeast (PS/Jan-Feb)
3526 Brettanomyces lambicus = N/A ***No Equivalent***
3638 Bavarian Wheat Yeast = WLP300 Hefeweizen Ale Yeast
3787 Trappist High Gravity = WLP500 Trappist Ale Yeast
3942 Belgian Wheat Yeast = WLP400 Belgian Wit Ale Yeast
3944 Belgian Witbier Yeast = WLP410 Belgian Wit II Yeast (PS/Jul-Aug)
4335 Lactobacillus delbrueckii = N/A ***No Equivalent***
4733 Pediococcus cerevisiae = N/A ***No Equivalent***
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP003 German Ale II Yeast (PS/May-Jun)
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP007 Dry English Ale Yeast
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP008 East Coast Ale Yeast
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP022 Essex Ale Yeast (PS/Mar-Apr)
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP026 Premium Bitter Yeast (PS/May-Jun)
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP033 Klassic Ale Yeast (PS/Jan-Feb)
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP099 Super High Gravity Ale Yeast (PS/Nov-Dec)
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP565 Saison Ale Yeast
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP715 Champagne Yeast
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP718 Avize Wine Yeast
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP727 Steinberg - Geisenheim Wine Yeast
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP735 French White Wine
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP740 Merlot Red Wine Yeast
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP749 Assmanhuasen Wine Yeast
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP750 French Red Wine Yeast
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP760 Cabernet Red Wine Yeast
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP770 Suremain Burgandy Wine Yeast
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP775 English Cide Yeast
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP833 German Bock Yeast
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP885 Zurich Lager Yeast (PS/Jul-Aug)
N/A ***No Equivalent*** = WLP940 Mexican Lager Yeast (PS/Mar-Apr))

Note that this cross-reference was taken as-is from elsewhere on the internet and neither AB/HBA nor the Brewboard Moderating Team make any claims to its authenticity. In fact, there are some questionable substitutions listed. In particular:
  • WLP500 is listed as a substitute for 3787. 3787 is the Westmalle yeast and is considerably less fruity and more phenolic than WLP500, which is the Chimay yeast strain.
  • Similarly, WLP550 is listed as the cross-reference for 1214. 1214 is the Chimay yeast and should be cross-referenced to WLP500, not WLP550.
  • WLP530 probably should be the cross-reference for 3787.
  • WLP540 is the Rochefort strain and should be the cross-reference for 1762.
  • WLP550 is the Achouffe yeast and should be the cross-reference for 3522.
  • WLP400 is cross-referenced to 3942 and WLP410 is cross-referenced to 3944. In fact, 3944 and WLP400 are the Celis/Hoegaarden witbier strain and should be cross-referenced to one another. It is unknown whether WLP410 should be cross-referenced to 3942.
  • It is very questionable that WLP720 is the same yeast as 3463.
  • WLP800 should not be listed as a cross-reference to 2007 but that should be WLP840 instead.
  • WLP802 is shown as the nearest equivalent to 2278. That should actually be WLP800.
  • WLP840 is the stated equivalent for 2272 but there is no suitable cross-reference in the White Labs inventory.
  • Also, regarding commercial equivalents for these yeasts, it has been widely believed that 1010 was the same yeast as WLP320, which is in fact the Uerige altbier yeast. Recent evidence has surfaced that 1010 is in fact a Kφlsch yeast and not the same as WLP320 at all. WLP320 may be the Uerige strain but it appears that 1010 is not.
Note that the following commercial equivalents are probably accurate: 1388 = WLP570 = Duvel, WLP510 = Orval, 3864 = Unibroue and 3538 = Corsendonk-Bocq.

If other discrepancies are found in this cross-reference chart, please notify one of the moderators so that additions to this errata list can be made.


Special thanks to Stuster for helping me with these cross-references.
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cj in j
post Nov 1 2005, 05:44 AM
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BrewCommune just posted this equivalency chart. Pretty neat.
Yeast Strain Equivalency Chart
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post Jan 16 2006, 09:37 PM
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And here's another Word document that has some interesting information about Wyeast and White Labs yeast strains.
Attached File  Yeast_Strains.doc ( 178.5K ) Number of downloads: 7926
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post Jun 2 2006, 06:11 PM
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In the spring of 2006, Wyeast announced that they were discontinuing several strains of yeast. These strains are not discontinued in the sense that they will never again be produced but they will be changed to limited availability seasonal offerings. There is no schedule for these releases but will be whenever Wyeast "feels like it". The following should give you a pretty good idea of what yeasts to use in place of the discontinued strains.

Discontinued —> Substitution
2002 Gambrinus —> 2000 Budvar
2247 European Lager —> 2042 Danish
2272 North American Lager —> 2035 American Lager
3763 Roeselare (on the current VSS list) —> 3278 Lambic
1026 British Cask Ale —> 1968 London ESB
3538 Leuven Pale Ale —> 3787 Trappist High Gravity
1882 Thames Valley II —> 1968 London ESB
3864 Canadian/Belgian Style (nearly certain to be on the next VSS list) —> 3787 Trappist High Gravity
3725 Biere de Garde (on the current VSS list) —> 3522 Ardennes
3726 Farmhouse Ale —> 3724 Saison
1768 English Special Bitter —> 1968 London ESB
3822 Dutch Castle —> 3463 Forbidden Fruit/3522 Ardennes
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post Jun 16 2007, 10:34 PM
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erichonour brought it to my attention that Jamil has created a cross reference that is quite a bit more accurate than the one posted above. I would consider this reference definitive. Here is the link. Thanks to Eric for sending me the link and also to Jamil for making this resource available. Also credit goes to Kris England for compiling the chart in the first place.
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