WLP775 English Cider Yeast
Classic cider yeast. Ferments dry, but retains flavor from apples. Sulfur is produced during fermentation, but will disappear in first two weeks of aging. Can also be used for wine and high gravity beers.
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“Excellent Cider Yeast”
Tried this yeast on my 3rd batch of cider. Used fresh pressed cider from a local orchard that was UV pasteurized. Made a 50/50 starter from DME + water and the cider. Added brown sugar to increase OG and pitched the yeast. Visible fermentation from my airlock was observed in a little over 4 hours at 70 degrees F. As explained in the description of this yeast, a slight sulfur smell was produced during fermentation but clears up quickly. Racked to the secondary with a hydrometer reading of 1.000. Despite the very low sugar content (or next to none), a hint of residual sweetness could be noted with exceptional apple flavor and slight tartness. I had planned on back sweetening the cider but might leave it as is because it tastes great. Definitely an excellent cider yeast.
To 6 gallons of Honeycrisp cider I add 4 lbs of dark brown sugar and yeast nutrient and energizer per label instructions. Gravity starts at app 1.073 but this yeast gets it rolling within 10 hours at my cool temps!
Interesting enough it top ferments for a few days then collapses and drops to the bottom, slowing mightily at exactly a week with curious consistency.
I rack and set it back in the cellar temp for 2 weeks where it ticks mighty slowly and clarifies, unable to get critical mass. Another rack and chill for a week and I have 11% abv liquid gold; lightly sweet apple glory that is craved by all.
8 batches this Fall, all perfection.
“Great for Dry Cider”
I've made a Cyser using this with 5 gallons of cider, 3 lbs of honey and 2 lbs of brown sugar. It's a great dry cider with a lot of carbonation. I would guess if you up the sugars you may be able to get a sweeter cider out of it. There is definitely a good apple taste.
Check out my blog for updates, I'm sure I will be brewing another in the fall:
“Will use again”
Fermented a bit slowly, but I used real apples and still tasted them in the finished product ... I was happy! Also, the yeast fermented all the way up to 17% EtOH. I thought I was going to have to re-pitch, but it just kept going. I plan on using this one again next fall.
“... loving fermentation ... ”
Worked great right out of the tube. Transferred to a secondary where left to ferment another three months at 54 degrees. Excellent results will use again as fermenting at a low temp allowed for a long slow but loving fermentation with crisp clean results. O.G. 1.095 F.G. 1.030.
“... far superior to anything else ... ”
We have experimented with several types of yeast for our homegrown apple and cherry plum ciders. From now on we will use only the WLP775. The clarity and pure flavor of the WLP775 ciders is far superior to anything else we've used.
“... I tried this monster”
After using several other types of yeast that were recommended to me, I tried this monster. From now on, this will be the only option for me as far as my cider is concerned. Even young, it tasted wonderful.
“I will always come back ... ”
I really like this strain of yeast - it's very active. Usually is done fermenting in about 10 days. I will always come back to this yeast for my Cider experiments!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the origin of this yeast?
Our English Cider Strain came from a working cidery in England. The actual cidery is a trade secret. Once we received the strain, we re-cultured and cleaned up the strain. We really like the strain due to its unique ability to retain apple character, while still fermenting to dryness.
I recently purchased a vial of your English Cider Yeast for a batch of cider I am making. I was unable to find out what percent alcohol I can expect. I will be adding sugar and fruit to it and don't want it to end up terribly sweet.
12% would be the highest you would want to go.
We're making cider here and using your 775 English Cider yeast, which we love. One question, my basement's constant temperature is about 55F and I see that the optimum fermentation temperature for this yeast is 68-75F. What ill effects might we have from our below optimum temperature fermentation?
You may see a very slow and sluggish fermentation, and there is a possibility of the yeast shutting down entirely. What I would recommend is to get fermentation active in a warmer environment before you place it in your basement. Or try a "fermwrap" blanket for the carboy.
Do I use apple juice (freshly pressed) as a base for culturing and if yes how much juice do I need with one vial of yeast?
You can use either juice supplemented with nutrients or a malt-based medium to culture the cider yeast (as you would do with yeast for a beer starter). I would recommend making a mixture of half juice and half malt in order to acclimate the yeast to the cider environment, while still getting a good deal of nutrient and food from the malt. You can make a 2 liter starter with one vial of yeast.
How long do I have to let it ferment before putting it into the fridge?
For 2 liters, it will take 2 days to get the correct cell volume (about 240 billion cells). If you want to make a smaller starter (1L for about 150 billion cells), you can culture it for 18-24 hours. This yeast will keep for 4-6 months in the refrigerator.
After the fermentation, do I stir the yeast mix up before adding to individual bottles?
No. You don't want to mix up what has already settled out.
After culturing it what would the quantity of my cultured yeast be?
Culture to 2 liters (one vial directly into 2 liters) and pitch entire starter for 5 gallons of cider.
After I made the 2 liter starter, how much of it do I use to make another 2 liter starter as I want to make about 15 gallons of cider?
You can pull 50-100mls of the two liters to pitch another 2 liters. After this, I would not pull from the new 2 liter batch - it gets risky at that point as far as contamination and mutation goes. The method I would recommend to make a larger slurry, however, is to take the original 2 liter starter and pitch that into a bigger size, say 2-3 gallons. Aerate and let that go for a day or two and that should give more than enough yeast to pich 15 gallons of cider.
Optimum Ferment Temp.68-75°F (20-24°C)