Cider yeast or Champagne yeast?

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Cider yeast or Champagne yeast?

Postby Mattheus_Rex » Tue Oct 08, 2013 5:39 am

Which is better for cider? I've seen champagne yeast used before, Ace's Joker cider uses it, but wonder if any homebrewers use it.
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Re: Cider yeast or Champagne yeast?

Postby dmtaylor » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:39 am

I use Cote des Blancs. It doesn't ferment quite as dry as champagne yeast, but pretty close, finishing maybe around 0.997 as opposed to champagne yeast that finishes closer to 0.994 or so. Cote des Blancs does a great job also of preserving a lot of the apple flavor. I have also used US-05 ale yeast with good success. It finishes less dry and gives off a certain honey-like flavor. I have not tried the true cider yeasts, not yet anyway. I prefer dry yeast as a general rule -- a little cheaper and you don't need to make a yeast starter.

ACE Joker cider is pretty dang tart. They add malic acid. If you like it like that, be sure to add a little acid. And/or, use very tart apples to make the juice.
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Re: Cider yeast or Champagne yeast?

Postby Jrgtr42 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:57 am

I used S-04 last year, came out pretty good.
I'm using cider yeast this year. It'll be interesting to see where this one takes it.
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Re: Cider yeast or Champagne yeast?

Postby MaltnHopsrGood » Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:11 am

I've used champagne yeast in the past with good results. It ends up very dry though and not much apple flavor is left. It's more of a crisp, tartness with very little apple background.
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Re: Cider yeast or Champagne yeast?

Postby turbo_ale » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:21 pm

There is a big write up in the latest Zymurgy using seven different yeast strains, 002 won it.
1, WLP002
2, WLP028
3, WLP862
4, WLP775
5, WLP500
6, WLP575
7, WLP810
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1. 1C
2. 4B
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