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Wyeast 1056 American Ale


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Wyeast 1056 yeast starter is used commercially for several classic American ales. Wyeast 1056 American Ale yeast strain ferments dry, finishes soft, smooth and clean, and is very well balanced.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary Cold Ice Packs with all liquid yeasts. However, it is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip, given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.


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AKA Chico Ale Yeast. yeast 1056 American Ale is used commercially for several classic American ales. This wyeast nutrient strain ferments dry, finishes soft, smooth and clean, and is very well balanced. Apparent attenuation: 73-77%. Flocculation: low–medium. Optimum temp: 60°-72° F

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Yeast FormatLiquid
Yeast StyleAmerican Ale
Min Fermenting Temp60
Max Fermenting Temp72
Min Attenuation %73
Max Attenuation %77
4.6 / 5.0
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Didn't travel well
the yeast was already activated upon arrival.
September 29, 2015
Good Yeast
A good yeast. Fast starting and complete fermentation. Easy to use. Would use again.
December 26, 2013
When You Want The INGREDIENTS To Shine
Considered one of the best all around yeasts. Good if you want your hops or grains to be the main focus. Good for high gravity beers, just made an Imperial IPA with it as well as an apricot wheat (to let the apricot come through). As others have said, very versatile yeast. I still love my belgian yeasts that offer a lot of flavor though! Every yeast has its place.
August 23, 2013
Great Clean Yeast
Don't be afraid to order this yeast. There are some negative reviews on here but it's probably more because it's human nature to want to complain when you've had a bad experience. I live all the way in Texas and haven't had trouble as long as I order these smack packs with an ice pack. It's only 75 cents and it definitely helps to buffer the yeast from the harsh TX elements.Anyway, like I said great clean yeast. I used US-05 almost exclusively before this and kept noticing a subtle peach note that should not have been there. It was tolerable until I brewed a cream ale and it really stood out. No worries with this yeast though. Very clean and I almost always get about 79% attenuation when using a temperature control.Tom
June 30, 2011
Good all around yeast for ales stouts IPAs or whatever you want to brew!
October 29, 2013
Great yeast. Versatile. Wonderful.
December 11, 2013
Great yeast. Would highly recommend and will definitely use it again.
December 2, 2013
perfect for yeast starters
Have used this for all my yeast starters and been very happy.
November 12, 2013
Great Yeast, never a problem.
I always keep one or two of these in my refrigerator as they go so well with more than just American Ales. My Homebrew Club is doing a barrel project and we are all using this yeast.
October 25, 2013
Goto Yeast
I brew with yeast frequently. It is super consistent with a mild flavor profile. Attenuated very well, almost too well. Great choice for stronger beers. For more esters go with American ale II or northwest ale.
November 12, 2013
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If my yeast package is swollen at the time I opened the shipping package, does that mean that I do not have to "smack" it? If I smack it now, I am concerned about breaking it open before I am ready to use it.
R D on Jan 30, 2016

The Wyeast 1056 American Ale yeast packs do have a tendency to inflate during shipping. The inflation is due to residual co2 left over from propagation being released from solution during shipping and not usually from being activated. Most likely the yeast is still viable and should be alright to use. If the nutrient pack is still intact inside you should be able to activate it as usual and the pack should inflate the rest of the way.

A trick to activating slightly swollen packs is to turn it upside down so the nutrient pack is in the narrowest part and open the gussets on the bottom. Then squeeze the package with both hand in the middle forcing the co2 into the expanded area and then move your fingers downward feeling for the nutrient pack. Once you have isolated the pack in one of the corners you should be able to place it in the palm of one hand and smack it with the other.

If you were planning on making a yeast starter that will also work as a viability check for the yeast and will improve the overall health. If you are unable to feel the nutrient pack, the pack fails to inflate, or you are not making a starter let us know and we will be happy to send you a replacement.

Also, here's a video from Wyeast on the subject:



How many gallons does this make?
D R on Jun 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: One Wyeast pack like this will be sufficient yeast for a 5 gallon batch of beer of up to 1.065 in gravity. If the expected starting gravity would be over 1.065, you should make a yeast starter, or use two of these packages of yeast. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
I typically use dry yeast and just pour it in my carboy. With this after is swells up can i just pour it in?
J R on Mar 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, once activated, smack packs can be pitched directly into a wort. You could pitch the yeast without activating the smack pack as well, but you'd be foregoing most of the benefit of the smack pack at that point.

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