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Wine Yeast for Winemaking
No serious winemaker should forego the advantages of using a selected wine yeast culture by relying on wild yeasts. Selected wine yeast strains offer advantages and desirable properties that can not be replicated by naturally occuring wild yeasts. The perfect yeast strain choice will not make fine wine out of mediocre fruit, but picking the right wine yeast can help optimize stylistic elements. Refer to individual wine yeast product descriptions for recommendations on wine types best suited to the yeast characteristics.
We stock several strains of wine yeast in 5 gram packets in dried form which permits easy storage and startup. Each 5 gram packet is enough to start the fermentation of 5 gallons of wine by direct addition.Some wine yeasts are also available in 500 gram packets, which are enough for 500 gallons of wine. Wine Yeast may be added directly to the juice, but it is much better to rehydrate first for up to 20 minutes in water at 90º to 105º F.
We are pleased to offer wine yeasts from the following manufacturers that we have found over the years to be consistent high quality producers: