We haven’t given enough attention to yeast profiles on this blog yet. So lets start with one of the most widely available and easiest to use yeasts: Fermentis US-05.
The Fermentis website describes this yeast as a “ready to pitch American ale yeast. Safale-US05 produces well balanced beers with low diacetyl and a very clean, crisp end palate.”
This yeast is usually found in 11.5gram packets. The packets are usually red.
I have always used this yeast for most of my American style ale and some Scottish Ales. This yeast is best for any brew that you want to have a very clean and ingredient only drive flavor profile.
As a dry yeast its important to properly rehydrate it in water prior to pitching and it may be advantageous to pitch two packs for beers over 1.060 gravity.
I have a secret tip with this yeast:
This yeast performs really well right out of the packet. Some people complain that it has a little bit of a peachy or estery profile in the aroma. I have discovered that using this yeast as a repitch from slurry it performs even better. I find that it starts faster and it ferments out even cleaner than fresh from dry (or the leading American Ale yeast from some of the liquid yeast suppliers).
I like to brew a smaller pale ale or just a simple house ale for easy drinking. Then I use some of that slurry for a fresh starter to pitch into new worts.
I guess the secret is out…
Give US-05 a shot, but I’d be surprised if you haven’t used this one already.