Danstar American West Coast Ale Dry Yeast

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BRY-97 American West Coast Yeast was selected from the Siebel Institute Culture Collection and is used by a number of commercial breweries to produce different types of ale.

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Danstar American West Coast Ale Yeast


New! BRY-97 American West Coast Yeast was selected from the Siebel Institute Culture Collection and is used by a number of commercial breweries to produce different types of ale. It is a classic American ale yeast that offers the convenience and long shelf life of dried yeast along with high quality standards and excellent performance.

Quick, clean, and well-attenuating are the chief properties of this yeast. It is most comparable to the "Chico"-style strains. In our experience, this strain stays clean at relatively high temperatures (up to 78F), and flocculation is marginally better than other "Chico" strains. Due to the slightly higher flocculation tendencies, it does slightly reduce bittering levels in the finished beer.

Additional Information

Manufacturer Danstar
Yeast Format Dry
Yeast Type Ale
Yeast Origin/Influence USA
Min Fermenting Temp 62
Max Fermenting Temp 72
Flocculation Medium-High
Min Attenuation % 70
Max Attenuation % 75

Customer Reviews

Reliable results. Review by leprecaun jon
I ordered two sachet's of this yeast after my first kits yeast failed to perform, i re-pitched this yeast, though slow... the results were reasonable. i used this yeast again in my second round of american pale ale and the results again speak for them selves, though it isn't always consistent in speed... the yeast does its job, i keep it stocked as a back up yeast just incase. i like the crispness and flavor this yeast provides. (Posted on 1/25/14)
Great Dry Yeast Option Review by Shannon
We have been brewing for 2 years. Last year NB offered the SMASH beer kit including this yeast. It was an instant hit. Some of the complaints I see in other reviews can be overcome by simply Dry Hopping your homebrew. We have used this w/o dry hopping on two batches of American IPA with no problems. We will be brewing our own version of SMASH called A to Z SMASH using Amber LME & Zythos hops, being sure to dry hop for 7 days in 2ndary! (Posted on 1/22/14)
Suitable,comparable dry yeast. Review by Jon-IA
I made one batch only with this yeast to experiment. With a 1.05 gravity and a fairly malty grain bill, it finished pretty low 1.006. Even mashing at med/full body.
I used one pack for 2.5 gal batch so maybe that is overpitching a bit also. Using 2 oz of hops in the boil and some dryhop, I thought the hops were a bit muted posibly fermented out more than the average dry yeast. I also had a quick start as opposed to hearing this yeast being a slow starter with a longer lag time. Wont judge this yeast on one batch, but its not exactly a go to dry yeast compared to 05 or notty quite yet. Its a bit drier and lightly yeasty than average. I think it would make pretty nice session beers also. (Posted on 1/11/14)
Overly attenuative, and strips away hop character Review by Chino
I would either substitute US-05 or a liquid yeast, or think very hard about the correct fermentation profile for BRY-97 if you want the as-advertised estery-ness from BRY-97.

This yeast came included with NB's West Coast Radical Red Ale extract kit, which is supposed to be a maltier, caramel-ier IPA. I found BRY-97 to be a little slow to take off, that it eventually over-attenuated, and that it stripped away too much hop character. Flocculation was good, but you probably still should cold crash this yeast as discussed below.

BRY-97 is supposed to be a "Chico strain", i.e. derived from Sierra Nevada Pal Ale. My procedure was to weigh out the yeast on a jeweler's scale, rehydrate exactly per recommendations, and pitch at 65°F. I fermented at a consistent 67°F. The yeast was a little slow to take off, but gave off great estery aromas during fermentation. By bottling time, although the yeast flocculated well into a tight cake, I still had a lot of solids in suspension. I should have cold crashed this one. Unfortunately, the yeast had attenuated at around 80%, taking away my hoped-for malt backbone, and also stripping away all of the aroma and some of the bitterness.

The info sheet on the yeast says "It may tend, because of flocculation, to slightly reduce hop bitter levels". I definitely experienced this, along with scavenging of all aromas. I didn't get any of the estery-ness that is supposed to set this yeast apart from US-05.

By the way, my beer was the "greenest" going into bottles I have ever experienced. The BRY-97 did a nice job cleaning up after itself. I ended up with a beer with nice smooth bitterness and hop flavor, but no aroma (disappointing), but otherwise very clean profile. Very drinakble.

If you use BRY-97, my advice is (1) figure out a workable fermentation profile in advance (maybe higher is better), (2) use a little extra hops, especially for aroma hops, and (3) cold crash your beer before packaging. (Posted on 12/16/13)
Good/5 Review by Matt
I like it. Still a beginner so i'm not sure how it affects beer, but, I used it and it made good beer. (Posted on 11/10/13)
good Review by Isaac
good product (Posted on 9/12/13)
Slow Start/Great Finish Review by Scott
I would give this yeast 5 stars if it started faster. It seemed to start considerably slower than US 05, however, I much prefer the finished product. It seems closer to the liquid version(1056) than US 05 does to me which is preferable. All that said, in my opinion it's worth the wait. It might be a little slow for a high gravity beer though - just a heads up. (Posted on 9/3/13)
Great dry yeast - Use yeast nutrient Review by Lon
I've used this yeast in two batches so far. 1) American Stout 2) American Kolsch. For the stout, I used the dry yeast and added yeast nutrient (I always do) - had absolutely no problems with lag and stuck fermentation. These are complaints you might find in forums around talking about this yeast. The Kolsch was pitched with a starter made from yeast isolated from the Stout. Again, absolutely no issues, vigorous fermentation and no lag. The Kolsch wort was made with homemade malted grains, so this yeast is happy with plenty of complex sugars/protein that might not be present in more commercial malt varieties. Flocculates very, very well. Great US-05 alternative if you don't want the ultra-clean finish of US-05 and some complexity from a dry yeast. (Posted on 1/29/13)
As good, if not better than US-05 Review by Jason
I made a hop-bursted APA with this yeast (simple grain bill of Canada Malting Pale malt and 1# C-60). With a mash temp of 153, it attenuated like crazy. I got over 88% attenuation with this yeast and still had a hint of maltiness. From now on, I'll always have this yeast on hand. (Posted on 11/16/12)

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