Wyeast Old Ale Blend (Oct-Dec)

SKU: XL9097
Weight: 0 lbs 6 ozs
Brand: Wyeast
Units in Stock: 4
Dry or Liquid: Liquid
Manufacturer: Wyeast
Attenuation: Moderate-High
Flocculation: Medium
Fermentation Range: Ale
Price: $10.99
 Wyeast  Old Ale Blend (Oct-Dec)
Wyeast Old Ale Blend (Oct-Dec)
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This is a Wyeast Private Collection and is released from October through December.

Beer Styles: English Barleywine, English Strong Ale, Old Ale

Profile: To bring you a bit of English brewing heritage we developed the "Old Ale” blend, including an attenuative ale strain and a Brettanomyces strain, which will ferment well in dark worts and produce beers with nice fruitiness. Complex estery characters will emerge with age. Pie cherry and sourness will evolve from the Brettanomyces along with distinct horsey characteristics.
Alc. Tolerance             12%
Flocculation                medium
Attenuation                 75-80%
Temperature Range     68-75°F (20-24°C)

The Private Collection Program 

Please note: It is highly recommended that a cold pack be purchased when ordering liquid yeast. High Gravity cannot guarantee the viability of liquid yeast if it fails to work unless it was purchased with a cold pack. You can add it to the order by checking the cold pack box near the bottom of the page before adding the yeast to the cart.

At Wyeast Laboratories, their goal of helping both professional- and home-brewers brew beers that are "true-to-style” has led to the collection of several hundred strains of yeast over the past 20+ years. While their regular product line of yeast strains featured in our Propagator and Activator packages includes 46 strains for beer and 14 more for wine making, this represents only a fraction of the strains in their archives.


Therefore, Wyeast exposes their Private Collection - featuring strains from their archives, new strains as they obtain them, and even occasionally Proprietary Strains from their craft brewery partners such as Rogue Ales Pacman Ale yeast and Flying Dog Ale yeast. Wyeast features up to 3 strains in each Private Collection which runs for 3 months.


Wyeast's Private Collection is interactive. You may voice your requests for the strains they feature by contacting them at privatecollection@wyeastlab.com. While they cannot respond to every message, they will read and log every message, and use this feedback when determining what strains to include in future promotions. If there is a strain you’d like them to feature, a brewery whose Proprietary Strain you’d like to brew with, an award-winning beer recipe you’ll allow them to post on their website, or if you’d like to provide Wyeast with any feedback at all… please contact them!

Activator™ Product Information and Usage

Activator™ packages contain a minimum of 100 billion live yeast cells in a liquid slurry. This yeast slurry is packaged in an optimum condition for storage, while maintaining the ability for rapid and complete fermentation. The reliable cell count of all Wyeast yeast ensures that you are pitching the same amount of yeast every time while avoiding the issues that arise with over- and under-pitching.

One Activator™ package is designed for direct inoculation of 5 gallons (19 L) of standard gravity ale wort - the same pitch rate used by professional brewers. For lagers, Wyeast recommends inoculating the wort at warm temperatures (65-72 °F, 18-22 °C), waiting for signs of fermentation, and then adjusting to the desired temperature. Alternatively, for pitching into cold conditions (34-58 °F, 1-14 °C) or higher gravity wort, they recommend increasing this pitching rate. This can be achieved by pitching additional Activator™ packages or by making a starter culture. For additional gravity, temperature, and style pitch rate recommendations, visit Wyeast's PITCH RATES page.

Instructions for the proper use of Activator™ packages:

  1. Remove Activator from refrigeration (34-40 °F, 1-4 °C) and allow to come to room temperature just prior to use.
  2. To activate, locate and move the inner pouch to a corner. Place this area in palm of one hand and firmly smack the package with the other hand to break the inner nutrient pouch. Confirm the inner pouch is broken. If you do not require proof of activity, proceed to the 5th step and Direct Pitch. Contents of inner pouch do not need to be transferred to your wort when not Activated.
  3. Shake the package well to release the nutrients.
  4. Allow the package to swell for 3-5 hours or more (it is not necessary for this package to fully swell before use) at ambient temperature (approx. 70 °F, 21 °C).
  5. Use sanitizing solution to sanitize the package before opening.
  6. Shake well, open and pour the Activator™ into 5 gallons (19 L) of well-aerated or oxygenated wort up to 1.060 OG at 65-72 °F (18-22 °C). Maintain temperature until fermentation is evident by CO₂ bubble formation, bubbling airlock, or foaming on top of wort. For high gravity or low temperature fermentations, additional yeast may be required.
  7. Adjust to desired fermentation temperature.

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Keep Refrigerated. Do not freeze.

Best if Used by:

This package performs best when used by the Best if Used By date when stored between 34-40 °F (1-4 °C). Older yeast or yeast that has been exposed to higher or lower temperatures may take longer to become active or swell.

Product Warranty

Our Product Warranty states that we guarantee the viability of the yeast in our Activator™ packages for a minimum of 6 months assuming that they have been properly shipped, stored and handled. Our superior packaging material provides 100% oxygen barrier and UV light protection making this exceptional guarantee possible. During the shelf life, some loss of viability is to be expected. This will vary from one strain to another. Activator™ packages that are within 2 months of the Best if Used By date may require additional time to swell after activation.

Wyeast does not recommend using viability calculation tools to estimate pitching or starter volumes. These tools were not developed with Wyeast and do not accurately reflect the quality of our products.

Activator™ packages will sometimes swell slightly to moderately during shipping, or later while properly stored. This is not an indication of deterioration if the package is within the Best if Used By date and has been properly handled. This is result of trace amounts of nutrients still available at the time packaging, and causes a small amount of culture activity and CO₂ production. Some strains are more prone to this than others.

We think you’ll agree our unique "Smack Pack” is preferable to all other liquid yeast packaging options to assure the success of your fermentations.
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