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Red Star Premier Cuvee


Product Number: Y154

Availability: In stock

This Prise de Mousse strain is fast-starting, clean and neutral. Premier Cuvee 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.

Ideal Temperature Range (°F) 45-95°
Attenuation (%) >80%
Flocculation Low
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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15 People have reviewed this product

Overall Rating: 4.7

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Great fermentation, but I question the 18%abv tolerance Review by DaveM

(Posted on 5/18/15)

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I used this in a basic Cabernet (13%abv) and it was wonderful. When I saw that it was listed for 18%abv tolerance, I tried another recipe with a B.S.G. of 1.136. Fermentation started quickly and was vigorous until about 12%, and it practically shut down. I fed the must with a bit more nutrient (though it should not have needed it) and managed to eek out about 15% abv. Final S.G. was 1.020 (between 14.9 and 15.7%, depending on the conversion number you use...my hydrometer says to use 0.776).
I wonder, had I added the extra sugar in stages, if it would have reached the 18% potential.

Yeast results - Not a Believer Review by J & A Wine Making

(Posted on 3/29/15)

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I tried this yeast in a Concord Grape juice blend with a Potential Alcohol of 26% due to the ending desired sweetness results wanted. At 1st racking it left 17% unconverted for a Alcohol by Vol of only 9%. Very slow acting yeast also, as it took 47 days to be able to rack. Waiting on the results from my batch of Red Star Cote des Blancs....

fast acting yeast Review by Redmond

(Posted on 8/30/13)

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I used it in a higher alcohol wine with the yeast nutrient and saw activity quickly. It ferments dry and has a high alcohol tolerance. Its also good for cider. I even used it to revive a stuck fermentation.

Great Yeast Review by Adam

(Posted on 8/5/13)

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I've used this yeast in the past to try to restart stuck fermentations and it does work. The only thing is you'll need to have it bloomed in hot water before dumping it in.

Great fast starter Review by Thomas

(Posted on 7/13/13)

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Pitched this in a 1 gallon batch of home experiment petal wine. It fermented very fast, bringing entire batch to dry within a couple weeks. Great fast fermenter, that I will certainly use again.

So far so good! Review by Trent

(Posted on 7/11/13)

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I have used this yeast a few times now and it has always preformed well. Heck for the price its awesome!

My go to for fruit wines and Cider. Review by Rick

(Posted on 6/27/13)

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I have not had a problem with this yeast even in inconsistent temps and gravitys. I use 20+ packets a year. Do not recomend for beer...nasty

Very Good! Review by Daniel

(Posted on 3/28/13)

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This is a great product. The only yeast I use!

good yeast for strong dry wines Review by DC

(Posted on 2/15/13)

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I agree with others, this is a good yeast for dry, high alcohol wines. I have also seen this yeast included in kits to make your own root beer.

Not good for low temp ferments Review by Tim

(Posted on 1/14/13)

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Despite the published fermentation temps, I have found that this yeast will stall at around 59-60F, so not ideal for winter basement ferments, but its fine if you keep it closer to 68F.

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