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Lalvin EC-1118 Champagne


Product Number: Y104

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This Prisse de Mousse strain is fast-starting, clean and neutral. EC-1118 is a popular choice because of its consistently strong fermentation characteristics and high alcohol tolerance, up to 18%. The first choice for champagne and sparkling wines. Also good for restarting stuck fermentations. Ferments between 50 and 80 degrees.

Ideal Temperature Range (°F) 50-86°F
Attenuation (%) NA
Flocculation Medium
Alcohol Tolerance (%) 18%
Rate of Fermentation Fast
Foam Production Very Low
Nutrient Requirements Normal
H2S Production Very Low
SO2 Production Moderate
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Overall Rating: 4.8

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More than I was Expecting... Review by Scott

(Posted on 4/20/15)

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Rate of Fermentation - Fast from the details is an understatement... Very Low Foam Production, not so much...
Used this for some Hard Lemonade and after hydrating long enough for the immersion cooler to do its job, transfer to a carboy, and aerate with oxygen it began to bubble slowly after less than an hour....
In the morning however, I discovered the yeast had kicked into high gear and I found the stopper and airlock completely blown off and a mixture of foam and fruit down the side of the carboy and on the towel it was sitting on. If there is any doubt about your head space, definitely go with a blow off tube...

lalvin ec-1118 yeast Review by slappy

(Posted on 2/28/15)

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My favorite yeast for a strong fortified wine. Would not recomended for ciders or specialty wines like water melon or banana.

Great Mead Yeast Review by Link

(Posted on 9/15/14)

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I've used this to ferment honey several times (plain, blackberry extract and vanilla bean). Works really great with mead... right off top of my head the recipe is basically: 12-13 lbs honey, yeast nutrients, gypsum and wirfloc (sp?) tablets for clarity. The key with mead is to let it age for long time (ex. 1st time 6 months and last bottle best, 2nd time 8 months and last bottle best and the 3rd time a year all good). After fermentation slows to basically a stop, switch to glass carboy and wait patiently!!! i'd say forget about it but u must maintain a full clean airlock.. dropped that ball once and after a year it wasn't good... heart breaking. Hope you find this useful and enjoy it if you try it. I actually used Sam's bulk honey once (5lbs bottles) and worked great so 5 gallons for like $20. Serve with honey water on rim of glass like salt on margarita... mead can almost be to flavorless but remember it is the "Nectar of the Gods"

Great for high gravity - Dry Finish Review by Jung

(Posted on 3/19/14)

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As part of the quest for new fermented beverages, we've tried everything from barley to maple syrup to straight sugar. This yeast works great for a slow clean ferment and has finished as low as .98. Try it, for the price, it's a great option!

BEST Wine Yeast Review by bbisom

(Posted on 3/10/14)

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I make 22 gallon batches.of Burgundy. Use one packet, with red juice concentrate, to make two 750ml batches of yeast on two stir plates. Do this 24-30 hours before I am ready to pitch. My $.99 investment, makes a very fast acting, strong ferminting yeast. Set my sugar @16-17%, and have never had a sweet batch yet..
It is the BEST if you like Dry Wine..

Great for high acid brew Review by Holly berries

(Posted on 3/7/14)

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I used this for a hard lemonade. Its great for my hard lemonade because it works in heigh acid situations. The first time I used it it fermented the first day and slowed down for a day, then took off like crazy the next 2 days.

Vicious yeast Review by Sample

(Posted on 3/6/14)

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A vicious strain that doesn't take no for an answer. If you have a stuck fermentation, this will handle the residual sugar. The wine will come out too dry and you may need to add some wine conditioner to balance it.

great yeast Review by toad

(Posted on 3/4/14)

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I am on my second batch did my first stage in a 69 degree room it went from 1.120 to 1.020 in 4 days 1 gal batch then moved to a 50 degree basement to set for 2 months and it is still working very nice after a week. banana wine, and Pomegranate wine works slow and steady.

a good, cheap alternative to liquid yeast Review by bobbyhickory

(Posted on 11/12/13)

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I used this in place of Wyeast liquid yeast for a higher strength hard cider batch. It was surprisingly active for a dry yeast very early after pitching and without any efforts to create a starter. The flavor is pretty comparable, but not quite as good as the liquid yeast I had used in past batches. Good high abv tolerance if you are looking to make something on the stronger side.

Sparkling White Wine yeast Review by Redmond

(Posted on 9/14/13)

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This is a powerful strain that does a thorough job and never stops short of its final gravity. It has a clean flavor profile and makes good sparkling white wine. Believe it or not, it's also is a good choice for fruit wines.

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