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Wyeast 4184 Sweet Mead


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Wyeast 4184 Sweet Mead yeast leaves 2-3% residual sugar in most mead's. Rich, fruity profile complements fruit-mead fermentation.

We strongly recommend ordering dry yeast in the summer months. We do include complimentary Cold Ice Packs with all liquid yeasts. However, it is difficult to guarantee that the ice packs will survive the trip, given transit times and particularly hot temperatures.


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Wyeast 4184 Sweet Mead - Mead Yeast

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One of two strains for sweet mead making. Leaves 2-3% residual sugar in most meads. Rich, fruity profile complements fruit-mead fermentation. Use additional nutrients for mead making. Ciders, Cysers, Fruit Wines, Ginger Ale, Cherry, Raspberry, Peach. Temperature Range: 60-75 F. Alcohol Tolerance: 11%.

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Excellent yeast
This is only my 2nd batch of mead, but this yeast is a lot more interesting than the cheap wine yeast I used previously (lalvin 71b). I made a starter and had it on the stir plate 24 hours. For the must I used about 21 lbs of honey in a 6 gallon batch mixed together with some yeast nutrients and energizer - then I pitched the starter and away it went. After 8 days it's almost done with primary fermentation (gravity is at 1.014) and it tastes very nice, with some subtle banana/pineapple characteristics. I'm no mead expert but this stuff is pretty great! This will be my go-to mead yeast from now on. Thanks Wyeast!
January 26, 2016
A good option.
I did a side-by-side with identical apple juice. One carboy got this 4766 Cider Yeast and the other carboy got 4184 Sweet Mead Yeast. Both produced a good product. The 4766 was a bit more tart and attenuated. The 4184 was rounder and softer with a bit of residual sweetness. Apple flavor and aroma was good with both. Just a matter of preference. For me, I prefer the 4184.
April 28, 2012
Performs as Advertised
Didn't use a starter and it got off to a slow start (my fault). Once it started, it fermented very well. Tasted great after only a couple months in secondary. This yeast makes what I would consider a very sweet mead when used with 12 pounds of honey. My wife loves dessert wines so this is what we wanted. The next batch will be for me and I'll probably try the White Labs sweet mead yeast as it has a higher attenuation.
May 27, 2014
Good - but use a starter
I've used this exclusively, so I don't have any thing to compare it to. But, I really like the soft fruity flavours that it produced. Smooth, sweet, tasty :)I've heard of lots of stuck fermentations, and I've experienced one or two myself. I think the trick is to make a big starter...the liquid package just isn't enough. (and add some nutrient)
June 3, 2012
added one packet in my initial batch. after 6 days with no visible activity i added the second packet i bought. two or three days later it was bubbling away and now its been over a month and it tastes fairly well so far. it is quite sweet but it hasn't cleared yet. so far so good.
April 18, 2012
Needs a starter
It activated fine for me, but just didn't take in the mead on my first try. Probably my own fault- I was going for a sack strength mead (original gravity 1.125), and didn't think to use a starter.
September 13, 2013
Fermented well, but totally fermented dry
Yeast did really well, however, it said it was a sweet mead yeast and that it would leave 2-3% sweetness in the mead and mine fermented totally out. No worries though, I know how to back sweeten!
September 29, 2017
1 month ago
Awesome for my Ciders and SkeeterPee
I am not sure what happened with the others who reviewed this product, but I just finished 16 gallons (3 different batches...) without any issues. I did have 1 slow packet, but I think that is because it was shipped before labor day and it just took a while to get to me. ut it did take off and the results have been amazing!!! I look forward to more batches to come.
September 16, 2013
Hard Cider Yeast
Used this yeast for a hard cider recipe, left just enough residual sugar for my wife to enjoy the cider.
October 21, 2013
Great for cider
I have used this for cider several times, it leaves a little sweetness and the apple flavor intact.
November 17, 2015
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How many grams come in the package and how much do I need per gallon of must?
A shopper on Nov 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This package will ferment up to 5 gal of must. If you are doing a small batch, use all of it anyway. It will speed up the fermentation process.

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