CellarScience® NECTAR Dry Yeast | Specialty Ale | Premium Beer Yeast

CellarScience® NECTAR Dry Yeast | Specialty Ale | Premium Beer Yeast

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A fun, unique yeast with a UK pedigree that emphasizes fresh malt flavor while producing fruity, citrus and floral flavors. Perfect for Pale Ales and IPA's. Like all CellarScience yeast, NECTAR is eligible for direct pitch straight into your wort. CellarScience provides 12g of yeast per sachet, which is up to 9% more than any other brand of dry yeast. Every batch of yeast is PCR tested to ensure quality. NECTAR has been selling to pro breweries for awhile but was just recently packaged down to sachets for homebrewers.

One sachet is enough to treat a 5–6 gallon batch. When calculating for larger batches, use at a rate of 2–3 grams per gallon of wort. We recommend rounding up by one full sachet rather than measuring out the yeast exactly.

Direct Pitch or Rehydrate:
NECTAR yeast can be direct pitched with great results by sprinkling it onto the surface of the wort in your fermenter. However, proper hydration helps ensure a healthy fermentation and is especially recommended for beer with a starting gravity above 15°P (1.061 SG). To hydrate yeast, first sanitize the yeast pack and a pair of scissors. Boil tap water to sterilize and then cool to 85-95°F (29-35°C). Use 10 grams (0.35 oz) of water per gram of yeast. Sprinkle the yeast onto the water, allow the slurry to stand undisturbed for 20 minutes, and then swirl. Use small amounts of wort to adjust the temperature of the slurry to within 10°F (6°C) of the wort temp before pitching. Ferment between 63-72°F (18-22°C).

Optimum Fermentation Temp: 63-72°F
Flocculation: Medium
Alcohol Tolerance: 12% ABV
Similar Strains: N/A
Attenuation: 75-80%

CellarScience Yeast:
For years liquid yeast has been sold as the higher quality option but times are changing. Yes, 20 years ago dry yeast was made by bread yeast producers and the quality was not as good as liquid yeast. CellarScience is helping to flip that script with a full lineup of high-quality dry yeasts. Cell count and viability is usually higher than commercial liquid yeast pitches, which vary from pouch to pouch and don't ship well. CellarScience yeast can be pitched directly in most batches of wort, offering significant time savings. Yeast that is quick and easy to use, high quality, and available at a reasonable cost adds up to a tremendous value. Quality yeast that doesn't "break the brink".

CellarScience Nutrients:
For high gravity ferments consider rehydrating yeast with CellarScience FermStart yeast hydration nutrient. For high gravity or low nutrient wort, feed your fermentation with CellarScience FermFed DAP Free complex yeast nutrient mix.


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Try something new
michael t on Feb 16, 2023
Christopher Sisler on Dec 12, 2022
Try something new
michael t on Feb 16, 2023
william elliott III on Jan 17, 2023
Christopher Sisler on Dec 12, 2022
I've used this yeast dozens of times with fantastic results. It's my go-to IPA yeast for both WCIPA and Hazies
Adam on Sep 22, 2022
This is a great yeast for a light beer I make for my wife.
Michael Todd Hutton on Jul 1, 2022
Tried it before with great results
Thomas S M on Jun 10, 2022
Thought I’d give this yeast a try
Eric Hook on May 28, 2022
Playing with yeast
Kevin F on May 10, 2022
Everett Hall on Mar 19, 2022
have had good results
Thomas T on Mar 12, 2022
Try something new
William on Mar 4, 2022
Was recomended in the recipe
Steven Simpkins on Mar 3, 2022
Trying something new.
Tysen Bibb on Feb 8, 2022
Fantastic yeast
Adam on Jan 26, 2022
trying for the 1st time
Pete T on Dec 30, 2021
I used it for a porter and the fermentation started in just 30 minutes and has been heavy for the last 48 hours, so I must buy more...
Kenneth S on Dec 6, 2021
Trying new dry yeast options
Todd on Nov 2, 2021
I have used it many times before. Ester profile really drives fruity hops in IPA's of all types.
Adam on Sep 30, 2021
New item
Mark von V on Sep 10, 2021
Trying new variety
Steve R on Aug 27, 2021
Try something new
George P on Aug 18, 2021
tried once on my hazy IPA, best results I've had on that beer.
Joseph A on Jun 30, 2021
Cali is fantastic, so I have high hopes for this one.
Adam on May 13, 2021
trying it in an IPA
Steve Wilson on Apr 29, 2021
We need more dry yeast to pick from. More variety like liquids. I live far away and with heat of travel I don't like to order liquid yeast.
Normand L on Apr 8, 2021
i felt like being impulsive
Edward L A on Mar 2, 2021
Trying it
Nathan R s on Feb 3, 2021
It looks interesting
Tim on Feb 2, 2021
william elliott III on Jan 17, 2023
I've used this yeast dozens of times with fantastic results. It's my go-to IPA yeast for both WCIPA and Hazies
Adam on Sep 22, 2022
How attenuative is the Nectar yeast? I see it says medium floc, but some yeasts don't necessarily follow attenuation with flocculation.
Jon Davison on Apr 25, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I left a review below before seeing your question. I've used this yeast 3 times in 3.5 bbl batches and the average attenuation between the 3 batches is 88%.
What brand name yeast is cellarscience nectar dry yeast similar too?
Robin Galeota on Apr 22, 2021
BEST ANSWER: I find it to be similar to Safale 04. I have used it on fruity pale ales with good success.

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Rated 5 out of 5
Great for cider
Used this strain with Kirkland apple juice from Costco for a clean and quick cider. I did not add any nutrients, and the yeast fermented the juice to a semi-dry residual sweetness level with no off-aromas or flavors.
February 12, 2024
Rated 5 out of 5
Fast and fruity
Fermented in a few days at 70*F and was an excellent choice for a cream ale and pale ale, plan to try in an IPA next, not disappointed.
December 21, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5
Used in an American Pale Ale with Cascade & Citra hops
I direct pitched the Cellar Science Nectar dry yeast into 5.5 gallons. My OG was a bit low (1.045) but the beer finished at 1.008 FG. Fermentation was good (I use a 5 cubic foot chest freezer with an inkbird temp controller and ferment at 68 degrees f.) and I added 14g of cascade at 10 minutes and then 14g of Citra and 7g of Cascade at zero minutes and let these steep for 15 minutes and then added another 14g Citra and 7g Cascade and steeped these for another 15 minutes. I bittered the beer with German Merkur that I bought from Morebeer - very smooth bitterness, about 6 HBUs. The only beer I've had before with the Citra has been Kona's Big Wave Golden ale. Between the yeast and the Cascade/Citra, my beer has maybe 4 or 5 times more citrus flavor and is more bitter than the Kona. This yeast is a good choice for Pale Ales and IPAs that have citrus flavor producing hops. I will use again. The beer bottled conditioned fully in 14 days and two days later I'm on to about bottle number 6. I got 52 beers out of my 5.5 gallons with the usual apx half gallon of trub. I'm happy with Cellar Science and this yeast. Next time I'll increase the Citra additions to 21g and see how that goes, if it is too much or not. The yeast ferments as solidly as Fermentis S-04 or US-05. No off flavors.
March 9, 2022
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I'm constantly impressed with CellarScience dry yeasts. I used their Cali mostly through 2021 in all kinds of recipes, I'm hooked on it. This Nectar yeast will be my go to for IPAs from now on. It has a nice deep, fruity flavor that really helps hops to shine.
December 31, 2021
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great yeast. High Attenuation
I've used this yeast 3 times in 3.5 bbl batches and the average attenuation between the 3 is 88%.
May 23, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
was very clean and seemed to go right to work as well
March 8, 2021
over 3 years ago