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Lalvin EC-1118 Champagne

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Lalvin EC-1118 Champagne

SKU: Y104

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.

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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.
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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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Good yeast
I use this yeast when ever I have any wine I'm having a hard time to get fermenting. I use it for most dark desert wines because it is so alcohol tolerant. I also like to create sparkling wines with it. It has a bit of a harsh taste to it, but most young wines seem to anyway. After the wine has aged for a year I don't notice it. It definitely gets the job done in a good time table and settles out well. It eats all the sugar! It does seem to have a harder time with corn syrup though. I have gotten as high as 19.25 ABV with this one with out any extra work like adding sugar at intervals.
August 17, 2018
Purchased
over 2 years ago
My go-to yeast for cider
I love this yeast for ciders, super resilient and gives a really crisp and dry finish.
March 16, 2018
Purchased
10 months ago
Great for wine
This yeast works great for wine making. Easy to use and store.
October 14, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Fast bubbles drop lower the ph-.5% in 24 hours
Had what looked like minnow buckets bubbling @ 95 degrees for a fast (x)(x) drunk. LALVIN EC-1118 is bitter but luscious.
May 7, 2016
Works great for me making
Works great for me making personal moonshine not beer.
March 5, 2016
Lalvin 118 didn't do the trick
i had a stuck fermentation on wine. The 118 couldn't get it going. I ended up using bread yeast
February 1, 2016
Response from Midwest Supplies
Thanks for the review. Let us know if we can help with anything.
November 2, 2016
Midwest Supplies
More than I was Expecting...
Rate of Fermentation - Fast from the details is an understatement... Very Low Foam Production, not so much..._x000D_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.... _x000D_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...
April 20, 2015
lalvin ec-1118 yeast
My favorite yeast for a strong fortified wine. Would not recomended for ciders or specialty wines like water melon or banana.
February 28, 2015
Great Mead Yeast
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"
September 15, 2014
Great for high gravity - Dry Finish
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!
March 19, 2014
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So how much EC-1118 do I need for an 18l batch?.. And is the sugar formula 17×18×18?
Thanx in advance
Ville
A shopper on Mar 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 1 packet is good for up to 23 liters and 25 brix
how high a spgr can I start with?
B R on Feb 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Brian,

It's not so much the OG that matters, as the alcohol tolerance of the yeast. 1118 can tolerate up to 18% abv, so if your starting gravity was about 1.140 or lower, you should get good attenuation.

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Cheers,

Charles
Can I use this yeast in making rum from molasses? Thanks
A shopper on May 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can ferment a molasses mash with this yeast, it has a high tolerance for alcohol so you have the potential to reach a 12-13% mash while maintaining some sweetness. However of your Gravity is to low, it will ferment out all of the sugars and leave you with a really dry yeasty mash. I recommend using molasses and some apple cider as well for that mash.
At what temperature does Ec-1118 die?
T O on Aug 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The yeast tends to experience stress above 95F or so, but it would need to be above 120F to kill it.

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