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Cote des Blancs is also known as Epernay II. It is recommended for Chardonnay, Riesling, mead and cider, as well as fruit wines, particularly apple. it imparts a fruity aroma in both red and white wines. A slow fermenter that works best between 50 and 80 degrees. This strain will not ferment to a dryness at the low end of the range, leaving residual sugar resulting in a sweeter wine.
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Additional Information

Ideal Temperature Range (°F) 64-86°F
Attenuation (%) NA
Flocculation Low
Alcohol Tolerance (%) 12-14% ABV
Rate of Fermentation Slow
Foam Production Low
Nutrient Requirements High
H2S Production Low
SO2 Production Very Low
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4.8 / 5.0
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Pumpkin wine, yum. If you like sweet & fruity, you'll love this yeast!
Pumpkin chunks, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, all thrown in the primary, with starting og 1.14, and 4-6 weeks later, a sweet, strong, spicy pumpkin wine ready to drink. Really, really good, colorful orange, fall beverage. Probably great warmed up. Strained between primary & secondary, & used the "spicy puree" for pumpkin black walnut bread. Fantastic! I cold crash, in jugs w/airlock on & do not sulfite, stabalize or back sweeten. We like it cloudy for maximum flavor. Just bottle up in ez cap bottles & keep in the fridge. This will be going out as Christmas presents.
November 10, 2013
sweet and sassy
this particular yeast strain tends to leave alittle residual sugar in the wine. which means it'll leave your wine tasting alittle sweeter, which in our house means the wine wont stick around long after bottling.
January 15, 2013
Very Nice Yeast
This is a nice yeast for the price. I would highly recommend that you rehyrdrate this yeast instead of just opening the package and dumping it in.
August 5, 2013
Not working
I added this to a white table wine a day after adding meta, Nothing. Three days later added again, nothing. Activate in water at proper temp each time. Finally after almost a week of nothing, I just sprinkled pasture red on top of must and it was working later that day. Wonder is yest was bad although expiration day is years from now
August 23, 2013
Slow and steady wins the race
As some others have noted, this yeast takes its sweet time, but I use it almost exclusively for my fruit wines. Will probably give it a try for this year's batch of cider as well. Can't go wrong with Cote des Blancs
September 13, 2013
Cotes Pyment
I used this yeast to make a White Grape Pyment (Niagra) using Welch's concentrate and honey. Turned out very well. Nice flavor and aroma, and did not finish to dry.
November 21, 2013
Hard apple cider yeast
I used it to make a good hard apple cider. I rehydrated the yeast and used Goferm to help them out. Don't just sprinkle the yeast in the cider, they need to be rehydrated for greatest health. Fermented at 66F and they were done in under a week. The apple taste is present and the cider is nice and dry._x000D_
March 3, 2014
Great for fruit wines.
I've used this for fruit wines (mostly apple) and works great if you don't succeed 11% alcohol. Hydrometer is important for this.
November 24, 2016
1 year ago
Outstanding yeast for the price!
I have used this brand almost exclusively, and have been overly satisfied with the results._x000D_Smaller volume is great for always insuring a fresh starter with an unopened package.
November 10, 2011
Chicka chicka bow wow
Nice results...need I say more? This is a fine levadura that invites me to try a multitude of different fruits.
September 15, 2012
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How much of this product is required? For example, how much would I need to ferment 100lbs of fruit?
Stuart Chisholm on Sep 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: i usually use a packet of yeast per 5/6 gallons of liquid. That by weight would be 40 to 48 pounds. If your 100 pounds includes skins, pulp, seeds etc I would use minimum two packets plus yeast nutrient. You should get some good fermentation going within 48 hours. Good luck.
How well does this attenuate? What if I am already starting with a low gravity for a fruit wine?
A shopper on Nov 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Works well .. I used this on my cider, fermented dry but good.. my SG was 1.050 so it fermented very well.. I don't think you'll have a problem with it if your around that? Just follow the directions for how man packets per gallon.. I think I used (2) per 14 gallon demi- John.. came great, hope I helped? Midwest guys are great buy from them a lot.. Cheers.
What is the average time period of time for the fermentation of this yeast. Also used 10# of dried sour cherries boiled and mashed and strained with 10# pure cane sugar?
A shopper on Nov 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It would vary on the size of the batch, and amounts of fermentables, and the temperature, but a typical fermentation could be between 4-5 days and a few weeks. The best way to know when a fermentation is complete is to watch for the gravity to become stable and unchanging, by measuring it with a hydrometer.

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