Great Fermentations has picked up fresh to the market Imperial Organic Yeast. This yeast is delivered in a can, is certified USDA organic and offers much higher (double) pitch rates compared to most standard homebrew packages.
Earlier today, I received an order from GF. I got their new Xtreme Keg Wrap along with their Dark Side Robust Porter Kit. For yeast on the Robust Porter, I wanted to try Imperial Organic Yeast. The A01 House option was suggested for that recipe.
About A01… “House from Imperial Organic Yeast is truly a versatile strain that works great as, well, a house strain! It is well balanced, allowing both malt and hop character to shine in the finished beer. This yeast is clean all around, but will produce more fruity esters as temperature increases. While it works well on American IPAs and pales, it can be used in a plethora of ales, both British and American. This yeast is highly flocculant and will drop out of solution after fermentation, yielding brilliantly clear beers. A great choice for a house strain in your home brewery!” Update: A01 was out of stock when I posted this. It’s available again (as of 10/17/15).
Since this is a brand new packaging method, I thought I’d give you a quick look…
For size perspective, here is the Imperial Yeast can next to a can of Founder’s All Day IPA. If you like All Day IPA, check out GF’s Big Little Guy Session IPA. From the pictures I had seen of of Imperial, I pictured it being a larger can, standard 12 oz can. That’s not the case… it’s smaller.A picture from the top down. Again, thinking about it in terms of things I already knew, I figured this would have a regular size opening. It does not. It appears the whole top pops off. That make sense to me. I was wondering how you would get all 200 billion cells out through a smaller opening.
Here’s a picture of the front. It says… Store Cold. Open Cold. Imperial Organic Yeast. 200 Billion Cells. Organic Yeast. Proudly grown in Portland, Oregon. Net 5 Fl Oz. It also has the strain and canned on date. I’m writing this on the 16th of October. It was canned on… the 8th. That’s crazy fresh y’all!Side of the canOne other thing I’d like to point out… when I received this the ice bag was still frozen. I am in the Midwest, although not in Indiana, so being relatively close helps. It’s also cooler outside. But still, I have never on any occasion received an ice pack that was still frozen. This was packed well and delivered quickly. Bravo Great Fermentations! You can see my Thermapen Mk4 reading 32 in between the two ice packs.
Current Imperial Organic Yeast offerings include A04 Barbarian (rumored to be the Conan strain), A05 Four square, B45 Gnome, B48 Triple Double, B63 Monastic, A07 Flagship, A09 Pub, A20 Citrus, A18 Joystick, A15 Independence, A10 Darkness, A01 House, B45 Gnome, B48 Triple Double, B56 Rustic, B64 Napoleon and B44 Whiteout.
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