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Old 12-16-2005, 11:47 PM   #1
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Default Right Yeast Type Cider

Hi, friends;

I am thinking of making Dead Squirrel's Strawberry Cider recipe. I don't have champagne yeast, unfortunately. I know other yeast will make it more sweet, etc. Thought I would type the recipe and get your thoughts on which yeast, if any, I should pitch if I do this this weekend:

3 lbs frozen strawberries
2 lbs dark brown sugar
2 lbs clover honey
5 gal cider

Here are my yeast choices:
Red Star Active Dry Wine Yeast - 5 grams
Lalvin EC-1118 Wine Yeast - 5 grams
Morgan's Lager yeast - 6 grams
Nottingham Brewing Yeast - 11g
Fermentis Dry Ale Yeast Saflager-23, 11.5 g
Cooper's Ale - 7g

hehe, there ya go. opinions?

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Old 12-16-2005, 11:57 PM   #2
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Lalvin EC-1118 Wine Yeast - 5 grams

With the sugar load this has, a wine yeast is best. Plan on a major blowoff and clogging problems from the strawberry seeds. I'd be tempted to pitch 10 grams or make a starter.

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Old 12-17-2005, 01:57 AM   #3
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Make A Starter!!

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Default Ah, yes. . .a Starter?

Alright, searching the threads right now for a definition of starter. . .can't find it yet. . .throw me a bone?

never mind, found the discussion on yeast starter. Not sure if I want to use DME, however, since I am doing cider. Interesting

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I think you could just use a small amount of cider and some sugar or honey and be in good shape. You want to make your starter with the same stuff you'll be fermenting.

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Got it, saw that on a few other sites last night while I was searching. Making the starter with the juice/cider in the first place. Excellent. . .after reading around, however, might use the nottinhams yeast I have.

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Yeah, I made a pretty similar cider with that yeast and it turned out extremely dry and strong. I like the strong but I've heard the ale yeast will make it sweeter.

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I'm going to use nottingham for my next cider. I've heard good things about using that yeast for cider. I used ec1118 on the last batch and just bottled it yesterday, but it was very dry. The next bactch I want a little more sweetness to it, though I don't like realy sweet cider, so the notingham will hopefully be about right.

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