Yeast

Geterbrewed stock a wide range of yeasts for brewing, allowing you to create any classic beer, wine or cider. We have a selection of lager and ale yeast in liquid and dried yeast form, various yeasts for cider and mead, professional wine yeasts for home winemaking, and specific yeasts for home distilling.

Geterbrewed is the distributor for Lallemand in Ireland and AEB Brewing in the UK and Ireland. We supply the entire catalogue of Lallemand yeasts, and yeast nutrition products backed up with full technical support. Geterbrewed provides a large majority of Irish microbreweries with their yeast supplies. All these yeasts are available in homebrew packs so that you can ferment beer in the same way as professional breweries. We also have Fermentis, Mangrove Jacks, Brewferm and Bioferm yeast so you can use your favourite yeast brand for any brew.

Liquid or Wet yeast comes in homebrew-size packs from Wyeast and White Labs. We recognise the importance of receiving fresh and viable yeast, so we express ship the liquid yeasts from America every month. We cold-store them at our warehouse and ship every liquid yeast with a complimentary ice pack, so it arrives in optimum condition.

Geterbrewed has a selection of Yeast Nutrition. Yeast Nutrition is a great way to support your yeast in fermentation. We also have Bacteria to make those sought-after sour beers.

How to choose the correct Brewing Yeast?

Lager Yeast (Bottom-Fermenting Yeast): The obvious choice is lager yeast if you want to brew a lager. Temperature is critical for successfully brewing a lager. Lager yeast usually brews at around 7 to 15°C. This yeast will also take longer to finish fermenting. These are things to consider when using this yeast, as you will need good, consistent temperature control and space to keep your fermenter for a few weeks. If you can't ferment at the lower lager temperature ranges, you may consider using a lager yeast that ferments at ale temperatures. Try the Californian Lager Yeast from Mangrove Jacks. It ferments at higher temperatures than most lager yeasts. You can also try any Kveik Yeast. Technically an ale yeast; however, we have seen impressive results when used in lagers. It will give a clean finish and can ferment at very high temperatures.

Ale Yeast (Top-Fermenting Yeast): Ale yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) ferments at higher temperatures, between 10 to 25°C. This is reasonably practical for home brewers. The ideal temperature is around 18 to 22°C, which is relatively easy for most to maintain. There are a few ale strains that produce fruity esters while fermenting. While others have a very clean profile with very few flavours added. Flocculation and alcohol tolerance varies from low to high, so an ale strain will likely work fine, no matter the beer style you're brewing.

What’s the best yeast fermentation temperature?

All yeast packets have recommended fermentation temperature ranges. The key to successful fermentation is to ensure the temperature remains constant. Yeast doesn't respond well to fluctuations in fermentation temperatures. You can create some exciting results by using yeasts in unorthodox ways, but usually, it's best to keep to the recommended temperature ranges. Some yeasts respond differently at different temperature ranges, for example, a wheat beer yeast fermented at 17 degrees will produce banana flavours, yet the same yeast fermented at 24 degrees will produce clove flavours. Our recommendation is to aim for the recommended fermentation ranges and keep a focus on maintaining that temperature.

What types of Brewing Yeast are there?

You are spoilt for real choice. We have a massive range of ale yeasts and lager yeasts plus speciality strains that allow you to brew a range of speciality beers, for example, Saison, Belgian Ales, and Wheat Beers. The options for all beer styles are available, from traditional English ale yeasts to Belgian Trappist strains. If you need help selecting the correct yeast strain, don't hesitate to get in touch.