Exploring Different Yeasts for Fermenting Cider

[Editor’s note: The following report is the summary of a research project that was funded by the American Homebrewers Association in 2013.]

By Stan Sisson, Quality Ale and Fermentation Fraternity (QUAFF)

The purpose of this experiment was to determine if there were White Labs yeast strains that produced apple ciders that a majority of consumers would prefer over the usually recommended WLP775 English Cider strain.

Methods and Materials

Seven experienced cidermakers were recruited, and each selected a different White Labs yeast strain for their cider. One of the seven cidermakers used the WLP775 English Cider strain as the go-to strain for comparison.

The apple juice …

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