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WiscoCiderBrewer

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So I just became interested in cider making and am planning on making my first batch of hard organic cider soon. I am using completely raw organic apple cider straight from the press and I am wondering what yeast would best for production. I was originally gonna use Nottingham Ale Yeast but I am told it does not work well with unpasterized. Any suggestions??
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Commercial yeast doesn't care if the cider has been pasteurized or not. Go ahead and use Nottingham as planned.
 

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The only juice I’ve ever used was right off the press. I do treat with sulfite 24 hours before pitching yeast. My favourite yeast for cider so far has been White Labs WL775 Cider yeast.
 

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The only juice I’ve ever used was right off the press. I do treat with sulfite 24 hours before pitching yeast. My favourite yeast for cider so far has been White Labs WL775 Cider yeast.
I was with you up to the WL775. That is what I used the first time and wasn’t a fan. Then I used EC-1118 and Champagne Pasteur. Those left very little flavor or sweetness. Now I use S-04, Brewers Best Cider House Select and 71b-1122. I’ve never had a stuck fermentation and I never add sugar anymore.
 

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I was with you up to the WL775. That is what I used the first time and wasn’t a fan. Then I used EC-1118 and Champagne Pasteur. Those left very little flavor or sweetness. Now I use S-04, Brewers Best Cider House Select and 71b-1122. I’ve never had a stuck fermentation and I never add sugar anymore.
I have liked all of the yeast you mentioned except for the Cider House Select. I don’t recall it being favourable. I find the WL-775 leaves a yeasty flavour which I like. I’ve had some good ciders from EC1118 but I just had to wait for it to age. 71-B is good but I understand it will strip some acid out and most of my apples are short on acid. I have never added sugar but I have started adding a little yeast nutrient after pitching.
 
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