Brewer’s yeast fascinates me. How can one simple organism generate so many different flavors in the beers we brew?
The problem is, there’s so many yeast strains available how on earth do you find what you are looking for? To further complicate matters, there’s at least 5 major yeast labs in the market all offering different yeast strains. Are these strains really that different, or is it the same yeast strain rebranded?
While it’s not too difficult to find a yeast strain comparison chart, I struggled finding one that cross referenced the yeast strains from all 5 major yeast labs.
Omega Yeast (Not A Plug)
I started doing some research on Omega Yeast, after a recent visit to my local homebrew shop. They were talking up Omega Yeast like it was the next best thing since sliced bread. They also carry a huge variety of Omega Yeast, and are constantly running sales.
Come to find out, each pack of yeast contains at least 150 billion cells, 50% more then what Wyeast or White Labs offer. Still less then the 200 billion cells Imperial Yeast has, but my LHBS doesn’t carry Imperial.
This got me thinking. Why am I not finding any mentions of Omega yeast in any of the yeast strain comparison charts I’ve come across?
Yeast Strain Comparison Chart
Given my new fondness to Omega yeast, and the lack of any cross reference information in the yeast strain comparison charts I’ve seen, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I scoured the web, looking at a multitude of yeast strain cross reference data. I used this information to build my own damn chart, and included Omega yeast in my yeast strain comparison data.
Using the below table, you can locate a specific strain for any of the top yeast labs. The table will then highlight the yeast strains from the other yeast labs that are comparable.
My caveat… I’ve tried to do my homework, but the fact is I’m not a microbiologist. While I don’t know for certain each of these strains are an identical match, these should get you pretty darn close if you need to substitute.
If the table is too difficult to navigate, you can view/download a PDF by clicking the above image.
Cheers… And feel free to leave any feedback.