Yeast converts all of the fermentable sugars in your brew into alcohol. Different yeast strains can drastically change the character of your beer. Beer yeasts are typically broken down into two different types: Ale and Lager yeasts.
There are many varieties of each type that specialize for certain beer types. The biggest difference between the two strains of yeast is the temperature they ferment at. Ale yeast ferments at room temperature typically, while lager yeasts work best at a much cooler temperature of 9°C to 12°C.
Dry yeast can be stored for long periods of time, provide enough active cells for a strong fermentation and are consistent. These are excellent for brewers just getting started. There is less variety in dry yeasts, which is where liquid yeasts come in.
Liquid yeast have a shorter shelf life, but are available for purchase in a much wider variety of strains. We are proud to carry a wide selection of Guelph's own Escarpment Labs yeast.