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Confucius 06-11-2009 02:38 AM

What's your favorite/best yeast for mead?
 
Title says it all, what is the best all-around yeast for mead?

Poobah58 06-11-2009 02:57 AM

It depends on what I'm making. But if you put a gun to my head, I would use D47...

Nurmey 06-11-2009 03:23 AM

I've found this link to be helpful when deciding on which yeast to use in mead.

Wine & Mead Yeasts

AZ_IPA 06-11-2009 04:24 AM

I pretty much always use D47 or EC-1118. I should probably try some others, but I just like those two - for no particular reason at all other than what I've read.

I have don't any side-by-side comparisons to say that one is "better" than the other, but I know that Montrachet is probably not a good choice based on some things I've read (it's good to make authentic Apfelwein, though).

Good link Nurmey - a wealth of information.

summersolstice 06-11-2009 11:27 AM

I probably use D-47 twice as much as all the others combined, but I also like (in descending order) K1V-1116, 71B-1122, EC-1118, and RC 212 - all depending upon the mead style, of course.

issack 06-12-2009 04:45 PM

D-47... love it

Confucius 06-12-2009 05:15 PM

So, d-47? I'll have to pick some up.
What's the consensus on cote des blanc?
Thanks

malkore 06-12-2009 10:45 PM

You should check out Ken Schramm's book The Compleat Mead Maker

He has several pages on all the commercially available wine/champagne yeasts and his compiled data on which work well for specific styles.
i.e. some are great to accentuate the fruits in melomels, etc.

I myself have made a lot of 13-14% ABV meads with the Edme ale yeast strain, which is now sold by Fermentis as S-33

Yes, its an ale yeast, and yes it does attenuate up to 14% ABV before it keels over (takes about 1 month in primary). I've had a lot better results with it than Wyeast's sweet mead packs.

babalu87 06-17-2009 11:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by malkore (Post 1378292)
I myself have made a lot of 13-14% ABV meads with the Edme ale yeast strain, which is now sold by Fermentis as S-33

Yes, its an ale yeast, and yes it does attenuate up to 14% ABV before it keels over (takes about 1 month in primary). I've had a lot better results with it than Wyeast's sweet mead packs.

We have a guy in the brewclub that makes INCREDIBLE meads and he uses nothing but beer yeasts in his.

I'll be putting some US-05 in a sweet mead this evening.

gratus fermentatio 06-17-2009 12:41 PM

I like the results I've gotten with D-47, K1-V1116, EC-1118, and Premire Cuvee. There are plenty of yeast strains to choose from though & all have advantages & disadvantages, depending on what you're using them for. In the words of Jack Keller: "Choose your yeast as you would choose a tool." Regards, GF.


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