D254 for mead

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skyfire322

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Kinda curious to see if anyone has used red wine yeast (D254) in mead before. I know that Scottlabs mentions it's good to use with Chardonnay, but was curious how/if the higher sugar content in honey would present any challenges.
 

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I've never tried D254. The Lalvin page says:

"It has been known to have an alcohol tolerance of up to 16% (v/v) when the fermentation is aerated and the temperature is maintained below 28°C (82°F)."

I've used RC212 and BM 4x4 in cherry mead though. At first the RC212 seemed like it stripped the cherry flavor right out, but now after about 16 months bulk aging it seems to be coming back. The BM4x4 also took a while to age but it gave it a nice rich flavor. I drank it all too soon, I'll probably try another batch with that this year.
 

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Looks like a winner and I might have to give it a try. My favorite for mead is Lalvin Bourgovin RC212 used for Cherry, Blueberry, and 4 Berry meads. I like good old 1118 for for straight honey.
 

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I was just curious because one of my friends has been using 1118. He needed some yeast, and the only strain on hand was the D254.

Lavlin mentions notes of butterscotch, hazelnut, and almond, but since I've never made mead before, I wasn't sure if it tasted or behaved differently than the others.
 

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I think its worth a try. I've used beer yeast and natural yeast for mead, but to get to that higher alcohol I usually finish it off with 1118 or 1116.
 

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I split my last batch of Concord between V1116 and D47. The D47 was much fruitier than the V1116 tank. That surprised me how much of a difference there was between the two yeasts especially for Concord since those grapes are so flavorful already
 

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I split my last batch of Concord between V1116 and D47. The D47 was much fruitier than the V1116 tank. That surprised me how much of a difference there was between the two yeasts especially for Concord since those grapes are so flavorful already
i'm not a mead drinker nor grape wine drinker, but to yawl that do, it's a mighty fine thing, i'll stick yo my sweet country wines
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