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Old 01-01-2009, 06:17 PM   #1
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I recently made 5 gallons of just plain apple juice fermented with S-04. I found several mentions of people asking about using this yeast for cider/apfelwein but no conclusive results, so I wanted to make a thread to actually document my outcome. It spent 5 weeks in primary, but the better bottle had developed a slow drip (fixed by keg lube) so I had to rack it. At racking I pulled a sample to measure the FG and have a taste. The first sip is tart, but that wasn't really so prominent on the second and third sips. It taste more neutral to me, like a softer dryer apple juice with just enough sweetness remaining. I love it! The first time I ever had apfelwein I was surprised by the white wine character in the taste. This doesn't have that, and I think I really like it.

OG 1.056
FG 1.008

AA 85%
6.1% ABV

Also, you have to love the flocculation of this yeast. Just had to show this off...

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I really like s-04 for apfelwein/cider. I agree it has a tartness and I enjoy that. It is further accentuated if you use brown sugar in place of the dextrose. Or you can go half and half for a less tart character.

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Old 01-01-2009, 06:57 PM   #3
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nice job. i also have enjoyed the results from s04 in cider, although mine is wicked cloudy. did you use pectic enzyme or anything else to help it? i have a feeling the 2 lbs of dark brown sugar i used may have been partially to blame for the cloudiness.

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what was your juice source? I have used 2 lbs. of brown sugar and s-04 in making apfelwein (so store bought cheap apple juice) and had no clarity issues.

Perhaps if you used "real" pressed cider there might have been more clarity issues.

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Looks really good

I use white labs English cider yeast in my ciders which dries it out more but I have always preferred a beer or cider yeast to a wine or champagne in my ciders, as I found it always gave it more of a wine or champagne taste. Which was not what I was accustomed too.

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what was your juice source? I have used 2 lbs. of brown sugar and s-04 in making apfelwein (so store bought cheap apple juice) and had no clarity issues.

Perhaps if you used "real" pressed cider there might have been more clarity issues.
hmmm must have been the juice then. for the batch with s04 i used Motts "fresh pressed" juice which was a little darker and cloudier. next time i will use regular Motts.
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For mine I used publix brand juice in the gallon jugs. I can't remember the specific name of it right now but it was just apple juice and ascorbic acid. Like I said, just those two ingredients.

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Last time I used s-04 in a cider it was crystal clear with a FG of 1.002 in 10 DAYS! I couldn't believe it, but hey, whatever, S-04 for the win.

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If you let the SO 4 sit, it will clear. I have some from last year (fresh pressed juice/1 1/2 lbs of brown sugar/pectin enzyme) and it is perfectly clear.
Hey wreck, did you use pectin enzyme?

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If you let the SO 4 sit, it will clear. I have some from last year (fresh pressed juice/1 1/2 lbs of brown sugar/pectin enzyme) and it is perfectly clear.
Hey wreck, did you use pectin enzyme?
no i didnt. i will next time though. i left it in the primary for 5 or 6 weeks then cold crashed for a couple days. no secondary.
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