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Old 02-22-2009, 01:46 AM   #1
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So what's the best style of yeast to use for soda?
  • Ale
  • Lager
  • Wheat
  • Wine
  • Champagne
  • Something else?

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Old 02-22-2009, 08:41 AM   #2
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like root beer?


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Old 02-22-2009, 02:36 PM   #3
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Yes, like root beer or any other kind of soda... ginger beer, cream soda, etc...
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:31 PM   #4
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cheap when bought in bulk
i use it for root beer
i get a brick of it and it lasts for years

 
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:59 PM   #6
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I use Red Star Premier Cuvee most of the time.
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:19 AM   #7
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Sorry to join the conversation so late BUT...
I am just getting into the homemade thing.
A friend who brew's beer suggested I use Lager yeast.
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But lager yeasts tend to be very clean with little flavor imparted themselves, partly because they do ferment at lower temperatures so they don't produce side products like esters and phenols which add flavor.
Does this translate to the soda world or should I just go with the champagne and forget it?
Thanks for any help on this topic.

 
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:12 PM   #8
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Champagne yeast will, of course, have the most subtle flavor change, but if you're using glass bottles, and/or this is your first time making soda, DO NOT use champagne yeast.

The reason I say DO NOT use it for your first time, it that it will carbonate AGGRESSIVELY, which is very good for soda, but you're extremely likely to pop glass bottles.

If you do want to go for champagne yeast to keep from affecting you flavor, I would advise you to use plastic bottles, at least for the first time; as then you can get a hang of the super sugar levels in soda.

 
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:46 AM   #9
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Cool, good point.
I will be using plastic, i guess i didn't realize they fermented at different speeds.
Is there any type of yeast cheat sheet you know of that would have the basic info for the yeast one might use in soda making?
Have you ever tried the Lager yeast?
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:19 AM   #10
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Cool, good point.
I will be using plastic, i guess i didn't realize they fermented at different speeds.
Is there any type of yeast cheat sheet you know of that would have the basic info for the yeast one might use in soda making?
Have you ever tried the Lager yeast?
Thanks for the responce
I use lager yeast all the time, for beers that are lagers. Never for soda.

Lager yeast ferment at about 50 degrees. That's too warm for your fridge, but too cold for your room temperature. It also takes longer, so you'd have to check for carbonation frequently over 10 days. If you ferment a lager yeast above 55 degrees, you'll have a sulfury estery mess. It'll stink and be fruity, both.

Whoever told you that a lager yeast is good for soda is mistaken.

Wine yeast is typically used for soda (as it's good with simple sugars) and champagne yeast is the most neutral. Speed isn't really a factor, as they all will ferment at the same speed at the same temperature.


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