Safale S04 Dry Ale Yeast

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A dry ale yeast derived from the Whitbread strain. Popular with ale brewers who use dry yeast. High flocculation, attenuation: 70-75%.

11 gram pack.

Click here to download a manufacturer's specification sheet.

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Average rating 9.23076923076923 out of 10 ( based on 13 reviews )

A Great Yeast for your English Ales

Review by Michael J. on 3/6/2006

Pros: Even though this doesn't attenuate quite as much as the US-56 or Nottingham, it produces a softer finish, making it a better choice when your trying for an ale more in the British style. Much like US-56, this starts up nicely and has an even, steady fermentation activity profile. I also recommend always rehydrating your dry yeast in ~95 deg.F pre-boiled water for 15 min. prior to pitching for best results.

Cons: Not really any, but consider using US-56 if you're looking for a cleaner, more "American" style ale. If you need to go the other way, and are looking for an even softer, fruitier finish, consider trying Cooper's.

Very Worthwhile

Review by Chad on 8/22/2006

Pros: Produces a nice fruity ale with a lot of British character. Very good quality.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Good Dry Ale Yeast

Review by Tim M. on 3/10/2008

Pros: This one seems cleaner and more dependable than most others I have used (60+ brews). Not quite as good as liquid but does a nice job for bitters.

its great

Review by Conrad on 3/25/2008

Pros: using dry yeast is the simplest way to go. It may take a little longer to clarify but its so easy and cost effective.

Cons: Takes a bit longer to clarify

Fruity pale ale?

Review by Scott on 4/12/2008

Pros: I believe this strain of yeast would do very, very well in a strawberry blonde. The clarity really was excellent, even with it being my first attempt at racking a beer. The yeast hydrated quite excellently, and the dry yeast are a very nice, simple alternative to liquid yeast for beginners.

Cons: I am not prepared to blame this entirely on the yeast; however, my pale ale has LOTS of strawberry tones in it, and looking at the other reviews, I don't believe that I am entirely off-base in claiming that this yeast will be fruitier than you might be expecting in producing American ales.

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