Lalvin 71B White Wine Yeast
A rapid starting and constant fermenting semi-dry white wine yeast that will enhance fruit flavors and add fruity esters, ideal for fermenting with neutral grapes or concentrates. Limits phenol extraction and may neutralize up to 40% of malic acid producing a smooth and rounded "nouveau" wines that will mature quickly. A low foaming strain. Use for whites, roses, nouveaus and concentrates. Also known as the "Narbonne" strain. 59-89° F (15-° 30C) Alcohol Tolerance: 14%.
Formerly known as : ?Lalvin 71B-1122 Narbonne
I have used this yeast for the past 8 years in all of my home brews it does a great job. I haven't had a problem with it yet in any of my meads
Have used this type yeast many times , always with good results. Would recommend this yeast for many different types of wine.
This is my first mead. Beginners luck seems to be at work. But this along with nutrient and energizer and the rest of the ingredients, it's bubbling along very well. Looking forward to this in a few months, maybe a year.
For a few batches, I went with Wyeast 4184 because I wouldn't have to add any preservatives or anything else. The knock with that yeast is that it takes a long time to finish, even with yeast nutrient additions. This 71b yeast is cheap, gets the job done and ferments completely, leaving you with a product that you can back sweeten after adding stabilizing agents (K meta and K sorbate). Recommended, but be sure to read up on the stabilizing process (and the chemicals required) beforehand to see if it would work for you.