Originally Posted by bleedbluesgtr71
Why use ale yeast? Seems like that would contribute flavors not wanted in a cider. I've always heard of people using champagne yeast
Like JtotheA said, champagne yeast tends to strip out a lot of the apple flavour. I used to use wine yeast for cider, but after I tried ale yeast, it's all I use for cider now. IMHO, it makes a better end product. Doesn't strip out the flavour, it's not quite as dry & it doesn't need as much aging.
Try the side by side experiment. Make 2 small batches (1 to 3 gallons), one with champagne yeast & the other with ale yeast (I use Nottingham) & see which one you like best. Make what tastes good to you, that's what it's all about.