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Old 01-17-2011, 04:24 PM   #1
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We are trying to make cider for our 2nd time. Our first batch came out tasty using champagne yeast, but was a little too strong for me(around 14% alcohol) and was lacking the apple flavor a bit.
we are going to do two batches this time around and I wanted to try a new yeast. Our local brew supply shop only has Montrchet, Primer Cuvee and Champagne yeast. I purchased all three with the hopes that someone can guide us in the right direction as to what two we should use. Thanks so much!

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Old 01-17-2011, 06:34 PM   #2
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With that selection I would try the champagne yeast, but hold off on the extra sugar. it should ferment out to about 5% on its own without sugar added. In my experience the high sugar ciders taste less appley. Even more so, when you finish your cider dry, try sorbating and backsweetening with fresh juice or from concentrate - this is how your woodchucks, etc are made, if that is what you are looking for.

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Old 01-17-2011, 07:44 PM   #3
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use an ale yeast - S04, Notty, US05, Brupak if you can find it. You will get a lot more residual apple taste than from champagne or wine yeast

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Old 01-17-2011, 10:29 PM   #4
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I couldnt find any ale yeasts locally, so i think i will order some online for next time. We ended up using champagne yeast in both, one with brown sugar and one with white sugar so we will see how they turn out in a few months!

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Old 01-18-2011, 07:27 AM   #5
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Use the champagne yeast. I have used the other two and they taste way to much like one and leave little to no apple flavor. I use lager yeast or ale yeast. You get the most apple flavor.

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use an ale yeast - S04, Notty, US05, Brupak if you can find it. You will get a lot more residual apple taste than from champagne or wine yeast
+1 I've used all 3 of the wine yeasts the OP mentioned & I gotta say, ale yeast is far superior when it comes to flavour in cider. Regards, GF.
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Old 01-19-2011, 06:03 AM   #7
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I do like lager yeast a lot. It is use for a lot of lambic style beer's and can add nice flavors

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Old 01-21-2011, 09:00 PM   #8
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I personally prefer using white labs sweet mead yeast, my cider ends up being on the sweeter side rather than having that dry champagne taste. I make five gallons at a time so I pitch a full vial.

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Old 01-21-2011, 09:11 PM   #9
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I used Wyeast London Ale III. It was fantastic. Not good at flocculation, but taste was great

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Champagne yeasts always ferment the cider out too dry, often below 1.000. I avoid them.

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