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Red Star Premier Cuvee

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Red Star Premier Cuvee

SKU: Y154

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.

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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.
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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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Simple yeast choice
This is the only yeast I use for all fruit wines. It yields a high ABV, about 17%, consistently.
January 19, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
good stable yeast
I usually use this brand and type. so I cannot tell you much.
November 5, 2018
Purchased
8 months ago
Wine Yeast
This yeast is great! Started working right away and very active.
October 19, 2018
Purchased
7 months ago
solid product
I have used this on 2 of my brews. I use wort after it started boiling to proof my yeast, let it cool to 110 and set it up in a screw cap or flip top bottle and let it proof while wort boils for an hour. Always comes out great, first batch had bubble within an hour. Always a great backup.
February 3, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Correcting myself - It DOES have good potential for 18%
In my last review I explained how I only achieved 15% abv using this yeast. After a bit of research, I found several different ABV calculations and discovered that calculating ABV is NOT a linear equation. I plugged in my BSG and FSG into a simpler wine calculation and got 15.8% abv. Then I plugged them into a more complicated equation for higher alcohol beverages and got 17.7%._x000D_So, if you find yourself attaining lower alcohol content than you anticipated with this yeast, make sure you are using the correct equation. Use the "alternate" on this page:_x000D_http://www.brewersfriend.com/abv-calculator/_x000D__x000D_Or, if you are going to be in the normal wine-ballpark, use BSG-FSG / 0.736, and multiply the result by 100.
May 19, 2015
Great fermentation, but I question the 18%abv tolerance
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). _x000D_I wonder, had I added the extra sugar in stages, if it would have reached the 18% potential.
May 18, 2015
Yeast results - Not a Believer
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....
March 29, 2015
fast acting yeast
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.
August 30, 2013
Great Yeast
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.
August 5, 2013
Great fast starter
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.
July 13, 2013
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Would this work with beer?
A shopper on Mar 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The answer is a little more complicated than, will this make beer. The yeast will most likely make a terribly dry beer. There are commercial beers made with strains of champagne yeast, and even rootbeer. If you are looking to create a beer with a dry finish this will certainly ferment it. Use two packs per 5 gallons for a good start, a starter is always recommended. There are much better yeasts available, Not what i would choose, but yes this will make beer.
How many packets for 10 gallons of wine?
A shopper on Aug 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: 2, 5 gal. per packet.

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