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Old 01-12-2010, 11:41 PM   #1
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I only ask because I dont think I left enough room for much of a krausen to develop so if it even thinks about being slightly violent my airlock is gonna launch though the ceiling...
The 3 batches with WL sweet mead yeast didnt do anything but bubble a little and that would be ok, but i've never used the ec 1118 and it has me wondering if i should hook up a tube...

 
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:54 PM   #2
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I use L-1118 in blueberry wine brewed at 62*f and it don't form much krausen, but YMMV with a cider.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:56 PM   #3
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EC-1118 is champagne yeast that can go to 18%. Very very dry cider.

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Old 02-02-2010, 02:16 AM   #4
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I used Montrachet in a one gallon jug of cider for the primary, and for the first day or two, foam blew through the airlock. I racked on day 5, it's doing well two weeks later, starting to clarify.

 
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:43 AM   #5
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Montrachet and EC-1118 are pretty strongly active fermenters... especially at indoor temps.

Give Nottingham Ale Yeast a crack... It doesn't ferment super duper strong -- so it is a bit easier to control/watch progress -- it won't drop from 1.040 to 1.001 in 1-day like Montrachet can in a warm house...

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Old 02-02-2010, 03:55 AM   #6
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I just started 3 batches on Saturday, one with Red Star Montrachet, one with EC-1118, and one with Red Star Pasteur Champagne.. The EC-1118 batch started fermenting first and seems to be the most active. The Montrachet and the Pasteur Champagne don't seem to be as active.

In a 1/2 gal growler, there wasn't more than an inch of foam on any of them, the EC-1118 being the highest, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. I made a starter for each, and they are fermenting at room-temp (69-71F here).

This will be my first attempt at cider, so I don't know how they will turn out in the end yet, but that's what I've got so far!

 
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:25 AM   #7
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well that was a few weeks ago and i didnt have any problems... letting it sit for another couple weeks before I bottle so I havent tried or checked the sg to see where it ended up yet.

 
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:29 AM   #8
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1118 is awesome. used it a few times. not really too much krausen but it CAN go the long haul. and oj or apple juice is bomb-diggity with 1118.

 
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:51 AM   #9
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In comparison to two champagne yeasts I've tried (Red Star Champagne and KV-1116), EC-1118 comes out a bit on the slower side, and more mellow to boot. Krausen is pretty under control; you're probably all set. 1118 can make a tasty cider, I wish you the best with yours!

 
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