WLP039 East Midlands Ale Yeast

Seasonal Availability: Sep - Oct

British style ale yeast with a very dry finish. Medium to low fruit and fusel alcohol production. Good top fermenting yeast strain, is well suited for top cropping (collecting). This yeast is well suited for pale ales, ambers, porters, and stouts.

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Style Performance Listing

A listing of how this style ranks amongst different brew styles, on a scale from 0 to 4.

Style Rating Style Rating
Classic English Style Pale Ale4English Style India Pale Ale4
English Style Bitter4Irish Style Red Ale2
English Style Brown Ale4American Style Brown Ale4
Robust Porter4Brown Porter4
English Old Ale English & American Strong Ale4Imperial IPA2


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Crisp, clean flavor for ESB's, browns

By: Dave Dr | Date: Jan., 4th 2015 | Beer(s) Brewed: browns, esb

I made a 2 quart starter with 1 cup light malt extract and pitched in 21 gallons of three different beers, as I do with all Whitelabs yeasts. I made: (1) Smoked peat porter (2) ESB, and (3) Nut brown Ale. I’m more of a German and California IPA person than an English type. However, this yeast performed as expected with an interesting top level fermentation. I averaged 66-72 degrees during the fermentation and all went well. I started at 1.078-1.085 gravity and when done they were at 1.011-1.012. It made an exceptional nut brown ale and the ESB was above average as well. I did use some California IPA hops but I have a friend that really likes the English beers and said this one was as good as they get. I prefer a more Pacific NW IPA, but plan on doing the nut brown and ESB again with this yeast.

Greatly recommended

By: Marcelo Paniagua | Date: Nov., 19th 2012 | Beer(s) Brewed: ESB

Great strain, gives a high attenuation rate and exceptional clear beer. Taste is neutral, low fruitness... greatly recommended if you want a clear beer without filtration. I used in an ESB, Fermented in the 66 -69 F, gave an attenuation rate of 82 %, OG 1.052, FG 1.009.

Frequently Asked Questions



FlocculationMedium to High

Optimum Ferment Temp.66-70°F (18-21°C)

Alcohol ToleranceMedium