Our Most Frequently Asked Ten Questions - #2
Am I using the right wine yeast?
With numerous wine yeasts available, it can be quite confusing to select the right one. Even though they will all "work" and create a fermentation, each one is a bit different.
Here are some of the factors that create differences between wine yeasts:
- alcohol tolerance
- temperature range
- so2 production
- rate of fermentation
- foam production
Do most home winemakers need to know these differences? Not necessarily, however, be sure to match the type of wine you are making to the yeast. For example, there are a few different wine yeasts especially made for dry red wines. Feel free to experiment with different yeasts. Keep notes and see if you can notice the difference. Be sure to read about each of the different yeasts to see which one is right for your next batch.
Here are some suggestions for selecting yeasts:
- D47 Pasteur Blanc - dry whites
- RC212 Pasteur Red - dry reds
- 1116 Cotes de Blanc - fruit wines
- QA23 fruity white wines & ciders
by: Lets Do Wine