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twissty

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Has anyone ever experimented with different yeast strains in a wine kit?
I've found that almost all the moderately priced kits I've bought use lalvin EC-1118 champagne yeast.

It's very reliable and forgiving, but it also ferments out just about everything in it's path.

Last weekend, I started a Wine Maker's Choice Chardonnay using KV1116.

I've had good luck making dry sparkling ciders using both 1116 and 1118, the diffeence being that 1116 seems to leave a bit more body and ferments more slowly.

We'll see if this translates into wine.

I'd like to hear others reccomendations and experiences with yeast
 
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