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Old 11-09-2012, 06:48 AM   #1
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Default would anybody know what safale s04 max alcohol tolerance is ??

hey i just brewed a batch of hard cider that i put alot of sugar in to try to get a really high alcohol% and was wondering if anybody knew what safale s 04 tolerance is. Normaly i put in 1 pound of sugar to 1 gallon of cider but this time i did 2 pounds.. I also pitched two packs of safale s04.

Also wil that be able to fully ferment out the cider? or am i going to have to add more yeast latter?

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Old 11-09-2012, 07:01 AM   #2
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I'm not sure I ever brewed anything that would push the upper limits as most of my brews have been between 6% to 9% but according to this thread its limit is about 10%, possibly even 11%, but the 11% brewer wasn't able to carbonate successfully. Why aren't you going with Champagne yeast?? Don't want it to dry out too much?

Have a look here scroll down to the 5th page and there's some info on Safale dried yeasts' alcohol tolerances. Says that S-04 can only "re-ferment" beers of up to 6.5%. Strange, because I'm positive that I've managed to carbonate beers that have been over 6.5% ABV. Maybe this means %ABW.

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ive used safale s04 sense i started making cider and every time it came out great..

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Give it enough time to ferment out and see with the SG of it is. Assuming you took an OG reading of course. You can also pitch some EC-1118 into it later. Depending on what the OG was, you might even be able to use something with a lower rating. Something like D47. Personally, for anything that's not a beer, I use Lalvin yeast. That includes cider, hard lemonade and mead. Never had a batch not come out as desired that way.

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