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Old 10-06-2008, 05:31 PM   #1
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I'm curious as to what yeast(s) will yield a sweeter (and probably less alcoholic) cider? I'm only accustomed to commercial types like Hornsby's which is pretty sweet and in the ballpark of what I'm looking for in a homebrew cider.

Sweet mead yeast perhaps?

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I'd say use an ale yeast over a wine yeast. Perhaps something like coopers or a hefenwizen yeast, or s-04. ymmv.

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You're in luck, someone posted an entire list of his cider/yeast experiments.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f32/resu...riments-83060/

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Thanks for the quick answers.

As for using ale yeast, I'm actually brewing a couple gallons of juice with 3/4 pound brown sugar and s-05 ale yeast right now, which is one yeast that the guy rec'd.

I sampled it today and it tastes great right but its only a couple days into fermentation, so I don't know how dry it will go yet. Can't wait to find out. It really did taste awesome at this point; sweet, slightly alcoholic, and with a healthy bit of a butter rum/caramalized flavor from the brown sugar.

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