Originally Posted by BenjiBat
I made 2 single gallon batches of cider this summer and spiced them with cinnamon and nutmeg, they both tasted terrible, mostly like nutmeg. So I've gone minimalist and just put 4 gallons of sweet cider in my Carboy with a pack of ec-1118 in there. It seemed like a good choice, anyone used it for cider? Well I'm counting on this batch to redeem my crappy summer ciders.
I've used EC-1118 for a handful of ciders. To me, it creates a very clean but bland cider. The only flavors I've been able to detect are a little residual tannin and tartness but no real apple character.
I think ale yeast tend to lend more character to the cider. S-04 and S-05 are both good basic candidates. I've also had good results with D-47 wine yeast, which came across as fruitier than EC-1118. WY-4766 cider yeast is also a good choice. Decent results with a couple other randoms (California Lager WY-2212, London ESB WY-1968, Ardennes WY-3522, etc) too.