Yeast: Safale S-04 (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) Properties: A well-known, commercial English ale yeast, selected for its fast fermentation character and its ability to form a very compact sediment at the end of the fermentation, helping to improve beer clarity. This yeast is recommended for the production of a large range of ale beers and is specially well adapted to cask-conditioned ales and fermentation in cylindro-conical tanks. Sedimentation: high. Final gravity: medium.
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The best all around English Ale yeast
Solid bed after fermenting which helps with transfer.
This is one of my go-to yeast.
This is a good, basic, ale yeast strain, suitable for lots of different ales. This is what you want as a beginner, or when brewing something simple & inexpensive, ..., when you don't need a style & region specific strain for a very specific brew. I've never had a packet fail. ALSO great when doing a historic yeast bread that uses real "beer barm" for leaven, to impart the proper flavor that you simply won't get from a generic, bread yeast.
Always works. I've had some liquid yeast that does not.