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Old 10-13-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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Default Best Yeast for Blueberry Wine

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I have two 5 gallon batches I Blueberry wine. For the first batch, I pitched 71B. For the second, I am torn. I have two packets of D47 on hand, but I prefer dry wines. Do you think the D47 will dry it out, or should I try an ex-1118? Thanks!


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Either of those strains will take most wines dry, if the OG is a reasonable (under 16% ABV or so) start.


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D47 will take most wines dry. It can go 14% ABV on average but is known to top out closer to the mid to high 15% range. Over the two yeasts I would choose D47. Just try and keep the temps lower. D47 does not like warm temps. I like to use D47 in the low 60*F range.
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I always use k1v-1116 in my blueberry. It has almost the same alcohol tolerance as the 1118, but does a better job at leaving behind the fruit flavor and has a broader temp range
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I ended up talking to my buddy who owns our LHBS. He recommended that I use pasture red. I pitched two packets. For my new batch this week I'll probably pitch the K1 or QA23. That is if decide to make a third wine and not a mead out of this next batch.
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The k1v-1116 is a good one for mead as well


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