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Robusto

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Hey guys,
So I'm about to brew up a 20 gallon batch of orange blossom traditional. Going to shoot for 14-15% abv and then going to barrel age it in a once used bourbon barrel. I typically use ec1118 for traditionals and k1v1116 for fruit meads. I settled on these two a while ago after trying ever yeast under the sun. I was going to use ec1118, let it take it dry then back sweeten to taste, but I got to thinking that I may be missing out on something. Is there a better yeast to use? Have heard good things about Lalvin 4x4. What are your thoughts?
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I'm not a fan of EC-1118, but that's a personal thing. K1V is actually great for traditionals, at least when fermented at warm enough temps that it isn't kicking out esters. I recently started using D47 for my traditional meads though and it has been quite excellent. Very fast fermenter, keeps the flavors well preserved, and a slightly chardonnay-like mouthfeel. The downside is its narrow temp range (59-68F). I haven't used 71B but many people swear by it, and 4X4 seems to have a lot of promise.
 
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Thanks! Its funny, when I started making mead 15 or so years ago D47 was everyone's darling now the crowd has been singing the praises of 71b... I just never had good results with them.

Do you know what happens if you ferment D47 below 59°? My fermentation chamber runs at 52°f for lagers.

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Most yeasts won't ferment below their minimum temperature, so most likely you'll see zero activity for D47 below 59F.
 

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I like both EC-1118 and D47.

D47 for my fruit meads has been excellent, quick fermentation (~65 - 68 degrees F) little ester tastes. I was not as big a fan of it in my traditional, I will probably go back to EC-1118 for those, as there was a bit of esters in my latest batch that just added an odd aftertaste to it.

EC-1118 was my go to for years, I like that it is very clean (again in that 65-68 F range) and ferments very quickly.

Neither yeast stays in suspension for long, and generally clears very well in a matter of weeks.
 
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Videojunkie- thanks! I've had good luck with Ec1118 too. Never had any luck with D47, but my fermentation chamber is at 52°, and my house is usually under or over its min/ max temps. Now for instance, most of my house is 68-72, and the garage is 48-53.... so no luck
 

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I've definitely had d47 ferment cider at lower temperatures(Just leave it in the shed). I wasn't really paying attention to fermentation speed however.
 

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I also have had excellent results with D-47. I have tried it once very cool at 51 degrees, just to see and it is very slow. Once warmed up to 60 degrees it took off like a rocket. At 64 to 65 degrees it performs very well for me. The meads come out very nice so I keep using it. I really need to try other strains to compare.

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