Belgian yeast

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Belgian yeast

Postby Brewtime » Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:58 pm

I was going to try my hand at making some cider. I like to use what I already have on hand. I have a vial of WLP550 that is a few months old. What would I expect if I use this yeast in a small batch of cider


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Re: Belgian yeast

Postby dmtaylor » Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:48 pm

I would expect some pretty good cider. In my experience, yeast choice for ciders isn't very critical, and Belgian yeasts don't necessarily make any better cider than any other yeast, i.e., don't expect your cider to be super-awesome just because you used Belgian yeast. As long as you understand that.... go for it. It will successfully make good cider.
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Belgian yeast

Postby Brewtime » Wed Sep 14, 2011 4:30 pm

I did not think it would get the funk I guess I was wondering if it would produce an overly dry cider or would I have to back sweeten it to get some of the apple flavor.


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Re: Belgian yeast

Postby dmtaylor » Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:09 pm

Your guess is as good as mine. I've only ever used wine yeast for making ciders, and it always finishes below 1.000 -- quite dry.
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