Difference between sweet wine, champagne & generic ale yeast

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Difference between sweet wine, champagne & generic ale yeast

Postby MrBoy » Mon Nov 21, 2016 13:23

I have sachets of all of these... I don't know they name the specific strains of all but the ale one is the Wilko ale yeast, the "sweet wine" is something generic and the champagne one is the Lalvin one.

I would assume a sweet wine yeast would simply have lower attenuation?
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Re: Difference between sweet wine, champagne & generic ale y

Postby robwalker » Mon Nov 21, 2016 13:57

That or sweetener, or just suited to sweeter styles. Champagne yeast is wine yeast and can be used for cider too.
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Re: Difference between sweet wine, champagne & generic ale y

Postby jkp » Mon Nov 21, 2016 18:23

I would think the sweet wine yeast will ferment slowly and possibly be temperature or alcohol sensitive. Leaving the wine sweeter and fruity. Champagne yeast is the exact opposite.

Sweet wine yeast might work well in cider too.

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Re: Difference between sweet wine, champagne & generic ale y

Postby tonyhibbett » Fri Nov 25, 2016 13:19

Yeast best suited for sweet wine has a high alcohol tolerance. Champagne yeast is good for bottle fermented sparkling wine as it leaves a more granular sediment which is easier to shift into the neck of the bottle, but the Lalvin brand is usually supplied with the more expensive wine kits, both red and white.
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