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This yeast make the best Mead on earth. With it wide Temp. range and fast finish and Hi Alcohol tolerance why use anything else.
I LOVE the sparkling Meads I get from this yeast. Best and only one for me.
In Colorado, it can be cool when I pick my grapes in mid-late September. This Lalvin yeast is up the task of fermenting my high-alcohol wines, even when temperatures dip below the 80 degree weather growers get in California! I recommend it very highly for high BRIX must and a wide range of fermentation temperatures.
In spite of all the publications recommending Champagne yeast for cider, I find it a poor choice. This yeast will definitely get the job done - it is an aggressive fermenter and will metabolize every single molecule of sugar, under pretty much any conditions above freezing, and do it pretty fast. This rapid aggressive fermentation tends to strip out or destroy most of the delicate aromatics and flavor precursors, leaving the finished cider thin and harsh. With extended aging, some character can develop, but you end up with something like a watered-down sparkling white wine... not particularly exciting.
Lalvin recommends all their dry yeast to be rehydrated 10 minutes before use per the back of the pack directions, and then stirred into the must.