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Old 06-11-2009, 02:38 AM   #1
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Default What's your favorite/best yeast for mead?

Title says it all, what is the best all-around yeast for mead?

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Old 06-11-2009, 02:57 AM   #2
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It depends on what I'm making. But if you put a gun to my head, I would use D47...

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Old 06-11-2009, 03:23 AM   #3
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I've found this link to be helpful when deciding on which yeast to use in mead.

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Old 06-11-2009, 04:24 AM   #4
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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.

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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.

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Old 06-12-2009, 04:45 PM   #6
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D-47... love it

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Old 06-12-2009, 05:15 PM   #7
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So, d-47? I'll have to pick some up.
What's the consensus on cote des blanc?
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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.

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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.
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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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