Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is a two fer, because that is how I use them. This is my go to yeast blend for small batch mead making.
I use one packet of each in both one and five gallon batches.
Yes, you can use part of a packet for a one gallon batch but when you realize how inexpensive it really is you will likely just opt for VERY fast fully attenuated fermentation. The exception is if I am doing two gallons in one day, then I do indeed split the packs.
The Two Items are…
Again I use one of each in my mead batches, it is the fastest finishing yeast blend I have come up with, it finishes nice and dry at 2.5 pounds to the gallon and leaves just a hint of sweetness at 3 pounds to the gallon which has become my go to during my “year of mead” experiments.
There are a few things to know about these guys to get the right deal on Amazon.
- Do not buy anything less than a 10 pack
- They are add on items so combine them or add them to other orders
- Red Star Changed the Name on Premier Blanc but this is the right one
Item one is very self explanatory, let me explain the other two. Okay as you might imagine shipping you 6 bucks worth of yeast would kill Amazon and its vendors on shipping, especially for prime members. So they either have to jack up the price or charge more for shipping than the item itself So what they have done with a lot of small items is require a minimum order of 25-50 dollars depending on the item.
So make note if you are a mead maker and just remember to add these guys the next time you order other stuff or add some cool mead making supplies like say Fermax Yeast Nutrient, Oak Infusion Spirals or say some awesome Vanilla Beans to your order.
On point three, there has been some confusion in the past with the “Blanc Yeast varieties. Specifically there was a Pasteur Blanc (what I recommend) and there was Pasteur Champagne yeast. While similar they are not the same. I contacted Red Star and “Premier Blanc Champagne” is the yeast I have recommended for three years with this combination.
So make sure you are getting the ones I have linked to in this post if you want to use or try my recommended yeast blend.
When I came up with this mix I did not have a clue as to what exact magic goes on when you use this blend, it was a happy accident, I just knew it worked. Well I sat down and looked at what these two yeasts do best, the fact that I make 3lb to the gallon meads and add fruit (more sugar) to most. It now makes PERFECT sense. I will be explaining it in today’s show. When you year it, you will instantly think, “well duh”.
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