Through internet research and informal polling, I have come up with the list for the best yeast to make hard cider.
I am not sure if it is THE list, but it’s the best from what I gathered.
In the past, I have used a Champagne yeast strain and it made a very dry cider. I was looking for a better alternative.
Here is my list for the best cider yeasts:
- Lallemand Nottingham Ale
- Safale S-04
- White Labs WLP775 English Cider Yeast
Again, this list is based on asking people online about what they use and reading forums, blog posts, brewing websites, etc.
I haven’t used any of these personally but before the end of October, I will.
Mike is heading to a Local Home Brew Shop in Cambridge, MA tomorrow and I gave him this list as a guide. I don’t have a preference outside of using something that isn’t champagne yeast.
It was interesting that Wyeast and Mead yeast did not make the list. Hmmmm.
Any other thoughts?