GY001 NorCal Ale #1 Yeast - GigaYeast

GY001 NorCal Ale #1 Yeast - GigaYeast

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With 200 Billion Yeast Cells per pack, the Giga Yeast Gold Pitch features nearly double the cell count of other liquid yeast producers. This equals faster starts, better flavors, and more insurance that your beer is going to turn out well. Double the yeast for just a little more money.  Smart brewing.

The NorCal Ale #1 Strain
Clean Fermenting, versatile strain from one of the most famous California Pale Ales.  Neutral flavor profile creates a crisp beer and allows hops to shine.  Strong attenuator and good flocculation perfectly suited for a large variety of styles.  Good choice for high gravity beers.

More On Cell Count
200 Billion cells per pouch means that with one pounch you can attain the gold standard of pitch count. The ideal pitch rate is .75 million yeast cells for every milliter of wort  times degrees plato for nearly any beer you will make. 200 billion yeast cells is also fantastic if you are making 5 gallons of high gravity beer and don't have time to make a starter.  Saves money if you are making 10 gallons and only want to buy one yeast. Getting twice as many cells per pack versus the other brands is also a great idea for mail order shipment, which can be a little tough on liquid yeast.


Attenuation Medium Gravity*:  76% – 80%
Attenuation High Gravity*: 78% – 80%  (10.5% – 11.0% ABV)
Temperature Range†:  64˚F – 77˚F
Flocculation:  Medium

Style Uses:

  • India Pale Ale
  • Pale Ale
  • Barley Wine
  • Stout
  • Bitter
  • ESB

* Attenuation was measured after 8 days with Ale yeast at 70˚F and Lager yeast at 50˚F.  Medium Gravity is 14˚ – 16˚Plato.  High Gravity is 23˚- 25˚Plato.

†  The working temperature range represents the range at which fermentation for a given strain produces a typical attenuation- not necessarily the ideal temperature for your particular beer style.  As a rule of thumb, start ale yeast fermentation at 68˚ – 72˚F and then lower or raise temp as desired.  Lager Yeast are typically fermented at 45˚ – 58˚F.  If desired, Lager Yeast can be given a “hot start” at 65-68˚F and then lowered to the primary temperature after active fermentation begins (10-20hrs).


For best results we always recommend ordering an ice pack with your liquid yeast.


Item # GY001
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Availability California - In Stock
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Weight 0.35 LBS
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A recipe I'm developing
Mitchell D on Sep 11, 2021
works well
Deland H on May 6, 2021
A recipe I'm developing
Mitchell D on Sep 11, 2021
Good yeast, good value.
Swindel A on May 12, 2021
works well
Deland H on May 6, 2021
Will try
artur c on Apr 24, 2021
Double Pitch - Always excellent results
Brian Hoey on Mar 29, 2021
anthony D on Feb 15, 2021
mark l on Feb 9, 2021
Used before
Frank on Feb 9, 2021
I've used it before. Works well
DAVID F on Jan 29, 2021
Great reviews.
David S on Jan 29, 2021
recommendation from a brewer
Lance C on Jan 7, 2021
Dad said to
Valued C on Dec 19, 2020
Love this companies yeast
Jorge V on Dec 16, 2020
used before, works good
Richard R on Dec 8, 2020
Very dependable - fast acting!
Dennis B on Nov 18, 2020
something different
Rich B on Nov 17, 2020
It has been good before
Phillip D on Nov 12, 2020
Special yeast for special beer.
Joseph L on Nov 3, 2020
best yeast i've used before
James M on Nov 3, 2020
used before. worked
Douglas Praetzel on Oct 13, 2020
Always been successful with this.
Joshua W on Oct 11, 2020
Had good luck with this brand of yeast in the past
robert l on Sep 26, 2020
more yeast
Ron R on Sep 22, 2020
It looked interesting
Gillian V on Aug 28, 2020
It's what I used previously.
Vaughn G on Aug 25, 2020
never heard of this, willing to give it a try
John Layton on Aug 19, 2020
best yeast NA
Michael Formisano on Aug 6, 2020
Reviews indicated this worked well wih this kit
Jim D on Jul 28, 2020
Suggested by reviewer
Scheuneman, Jason on Jul 28, 2020
used in the past with good results
Louis Madeira on Jul 28, 2020
great yeast, always get 80%+ attenuation
Nick Oxsen on Jul 24, 2020
Hmmm... let's see what happens
Vince B on Jul 21, 2020
Used before - great results
Dennis B on Jul 13, 2020
Friend recommended
Carter C on Jun 30, 2020
It makes great beer
Louis LeBlanc on Jun 30, 2020
Excellent yeast
VINCENZO D on Jun 23, 2020
Double the cells to avoid a starter
Kenneth S on Jun 18, 2020
from your reviews
Valued C on Jun 18, 2020
trying something new
Raymond D on Jun 17, 2020
I wanted to try giga yeast for the first time
Aaron P on Jun 12, 2020
Usually get this when I order the Kit.
Vaughn G on Jun 10, 2020
Recommended for the juicy brut IPA
Alex A on Jun 3, 2020
Sounded good
Valued C on Jun 2, 2020
It was reccommended with the kit.
Doug J on May 28, 2020
It was recommended with this recipe
Jeffrey M on May 23, 2020
Recommended by a friend
Jeremy K on May 23, 2020
I've been using this on all my pale ales and ipas for the last couple of months. That is some strong yeast!
Anthony J S on May 19, 2020
Good value
A N on May 13, 2020
This was one of the few that were available
Sundesh S on May 12, 2020
to make beer
Catherine L on May 9, 2020
Good yeast, good value.
Swindel A on May 12, 2021
Will try
artur c on Apr 24, 2021

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Rated 5 out of 5
Fermentation Explosion
The Gigayeast seems Happy, really, really Happy to be alive and making alcohol. Blew out my blow out bowl multiple times during primary fermentation.
May 10, 2021
5 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fast fermenting
I’ve never had a beer complete fermentation in 4 days. From 1.060 to 1.006. Will use again
March 30, 2021
6 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great start will see how it turns out
Took off right away and has been bubbling like crazy for 4 days now
February 5, 2021
7 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Massive fermentation
It took about 24 hours of no activity and then massive fermentation that continues for a week +. Big upgrade from other liquid yeast I've tried.
December 23, 2020
9 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Uhm... used this to make a Pliny clone. Well, probably shouldn’t have also attempted a pressurized fermentation with it. This thing fermented vigorously and actually blew up my unitank. Powerful stuff, man. Powerful. Fermented out very dry - like 1.003 after only 7 days.
November 1, 2020
11 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Nice Flavors, Great Yeast
Adds nice flavors to a nice brew. I used it with the More Beer Sierra Pale Ale clone. This yeast gave a great upgrade to an already great beer.
August 8, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
the goat
this yeast is the goat
August 1, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Glad I tried this
I was a little worried when the packs arrived expanded. I made a 1 liter starter 24 hrs ahead of brew day. No problems. This yeast was finished fermenting in 3 days. A good experience.
July 2, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fast acting and aggressive fermentation
This stuff went crazy! Used it on the Pliny the Elder extract kit. Biggest blow off I’ve ever had in my years of home brewing. Definitely recommend for IPA’s and Double IPA’s, I can’t wait to taste the results in about a week!
May 8, 2020
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Pop this bad boy in and BAM, you got yeast fermenting away. Never need to make these into a starter, they have so much juice they just start rolling through like a freight train.
May 5, 2020
1 year ago