This yeast is used to produce the "California Common" style beer. A unique lager strain which has the ability to ferment up to 65 degrees while retaining lager characteristics. Can also be fermented down to 50 degrees for production of marzens, pilsners and other style lagers. Attenuation: 65-70% Flocculation: High Optimum Fermentation Temperature: 58-65°F Alcohol Tolerance: Medium-High
A yeast starter must be made when using White Labs Yeast
Reviews provided by White Labs:
"Produces clean clear beer ... " By: Art N Date: Sept. 15, 2011 Brewery name: Dead Lemming Brewing Beers brewed: Polenta Pils Beers brewed: Wonderful strain of yeast. You can brew lagers in heat of summer without a fermentation frig.. I place the fermenter in a rubbermaid tub with ice water. Chill wort to 55 F and pitch. Let temp rise slowly over 2 weeks to 68F using frozen liter pop bottles to control temp. Rack to Keg and lager for a week at 34F. Produces clean clear beer no need to filter. From 1.044 O.G. typically finishes between 1.008 to 1.011.
"Ferment only took a week " By: Ryan A Date: Aug. 1, 2011 Beers brewed: Czech Pils Beers brewed: I brewed a pils following a recipe for Pils Urquell from a magazine I have and it turned out phenomenal! It finished very clear, almost as if I'd filtered it. I replaced the Cluster hops with Santiam for the bittering addition and used both Saaz and Liberty for the flavor addition. I live in San Fran and moved the fermenting bucket back and forth from my side stairwell to inside and was able to keep the ferment temp around 55-58F. Ferment only took a week. Then I lagered in my kegerator for 2+ weeks at 38F. My FG was around 1.01 so I think I got much better attenuation than the suggested range.
"This strain replicates many of the ... " By: madcarpenter Date: June 27, 2009 Beers brewed: Jalapeno Steam Beer Comments: I've used WLP810 many times over the last 10 years, to make my wife's favorite summer brew, a Jalapeno flavored clone of Anchor Steam Beer. It's the perfect solution for those of us who want to brew a lager, but don't have access to a dedicated lagering refrigerator. This strain replicates many of the characteristics of a clean, crisp lager, without the problems of a sulphurous phase, and it does it as quickly as an ale yeast, in any season. (I've even fermented at mid-summer, in my basement with WLP810) I love it !!!
"It took first place ... " By: James Berry Date: Nov. 19, 2008 Beers brewed: Premium American Lager - 1C Comments: Used this strain to produce a very nice American Lager. It took first place at the Dixie Cup 2008 for American Lager. I used a 1500ml starter and fermented in the low 50's, and lagered for 6 months.
"It's pretty robust ... " By: Danny Williams Date: Nov. 14, 2008 Beers brewed: Blonde, Koelsch, Cal Common, Scottish, Munich Helles Comments: I like WLP810 for a wide range of malty beers. I find it mutes the hops on hop oriented styles. It's pretty robust, can spend some time in the fridge and still start right back up again weeks later. It seems to finish out just fine all by itself without rousing or temp boosting and still clears very well all by itself without gelatin or filtering or anything. When it shares my fermenting box with a lager (50F) I wrap the WLP810 bucket with a heating pad on low and a foam camping pad. That keeps the WLP810 at about 62F. With ales I just let it ride at whatever the ales are doing, typically upper 60s. It does not seem to throw a lot of fruitiness at either end of the range.
"I got the clean profile of a lager ... " By: Robert Date: Sept. 26, 2008 Beers brewed: lager ... I guess! Comments: Well, I wanted a clean, crisp Czech style beer, but alas I have not the means to produce lagers! I basically took a recipe for Czech lager and used wlp810. I fermented in the fall in Virginia outdoors around 55-62 F ambient. The beer it produced was extremely close to what I was aiming for. I got the clean profile of a lager, with the relative speed of an ale. This yeast is very lager like and I would recommend this to ANYONE who wishes to make a clean, crisp, refreshing beer; but do not have the ability to lager.
" ... created a wonderful beer" By: Anonymous Date: Dec. 7, 2007 Beers brewed: California common Comments: This yeast and the use of northern brewer hops created a wonderful beer. I started fermentation at 58F and let it go up to 62 over the first few days of fermentation. As it was winding down, I let it go up to 64F. This yeast seems to be VERY flocculent, more than I expected. It is not as flocculent as WLP002 but much more than WLP001 or any Belgian strains. It produces a very unique flavor profile and blends very well with northern brewer!
" ... you really can't fail with this yeast" By: Todd Meister Date: November 3, 2007 Beers brewed: Kind of a smoked steam Comments: This yeast has a prominent flavor in the finished beer - somewhat spicy. I messed up the OG, ending up with a 4.5% ABV brew. I got 68% attenuation with very little temperature control - it was probably operating at the upper end of its comfort zone.
One tip (I don't see this mentioned in the yeast description) - I bottled with the usual amount of corn sugar, and there is a whole lot of carbonation. I bottled part of the brew in a plastic tap-a-draft bottle, and I'm having to tighten it every few days. It just can't handle the pressure. I'm very interested in using this yeast again. It's definitely interesting.