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Safale S-04 English Ale Yeast - Fermentis

Safale S-04 English Ale Yeast - Fermentis

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Homebrewers love this commercial English Ale yeast for its big, clean flavor; its rapid fermentation; and its highly flocculant character.
 
Widely recommended for practically any American or English style beer, S-04 yeast a rapid starter and finisher which settles out extremely well, leading to a clean finished beer. Great to keep a few packets as back-ups or just to use as a less-expensive alternative to liquid cultures.
 
This yeast can be pitched directly, but if you prefer to rehydrate, the instructions are below.
 
Sprinkle the yeast in a minimum of 10 times its weight of sterile water or wort (we suggest 4 oz) at 70°F to 77°F (21 to 25 °C). Do not stir. Leave to rest 15 to 30 minutes. Gently stir for 30 minutes, and pitch the resultant cream into the fermentation vessel.
 
Recommended temperature range: 64F-72F.
 
*See the technical data sheet below for more information on rehydration, usage and storage.
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Worried liquid yeast might spoil in shipping
Tim W on Mar 31, 2020
Chilly fermentation
John on Mar 26, 2020
Worried liquid yeast might spoil in shipping
Tim W on Mar 31, 2020
Back up yeast
Bruce C on Mar 28, 2020
Chilly fermentation
John on Mar 26, 2020
Great yeast
Christopher D H on Mar 26, 2020
works good
Nora W on Mar 25, 2020
I like the price
Casey V on Mar 25, 2020
Using it as a backup for liquid yeast.
ryan J on Mar 23, 2020
safer for shipping
Bruce E M on Mar 22, 2020
Reliable yeast.
George on Mar 22, 2020
Solid performer
Joe B on Mar 21, 2020
dont have to keep it cold
cary w on Mar 21, 2020
Recipe
Brian D on Mar 20, 2020
Used before and happy with results.
S L on Mar 20, 2020
This is a trustworthy yeast.
Alex P on Mar 18, 2020
ingredients
Carolyn B on Mar 18, 2020
Fruity or clean depending on temps, no need for a starter.
Jesse F on Mar 17, 2020
used before
rod b on Mar 17, 2020
More stable for shipping
Eric W on Mar 17, 2020
This is a great yeast
Valued C on Mar 13, 2020
Staple
DANIEL M on Mar 9, 2020
quality and ease of use. Hard pressed to determine a difference between this and yeast that cost 2-4 times as much.
Jerry S on Mar 9, 2020
Recommended
Mark C on Mar 6, 2020
Just to have yeast around for the Maris Otter I just have around
Michael M on Mar 5, 2020
favorite
Kevin W on Mar 2, 2020
Strong ale recipe
Levi W on Feb 8, 2020
Ordered it before.
Tim E on Jan 21, 2020
Good results in the past
Glenn H on Jan 18, 2020
I sometimes need to have yeast ready on a day's notice
Michael B on Jan 17, 2020
High quality yeast that stores for a long time.
Alby P on Jan 17, 2020
Great dry yeast. Goes fast and finishes clear
Jonathan Brusco on Jan 16, 2020
beer making
james k on Jan 16, 2020
Helps make beer which I like.
Richard B on Jan 16, 2020
One of the Whitbread yeast strains. Will combine with the WLP strain and see how it works. :)
Mark S on Jan 14, 2020
have never used
J. Neil C on Jan 13, 2020
cross yeasting
Dragos N on Jan 11, 2020
recipe, dry yeast cheaper
Eric H on Jan 8, 2020
yeast make fermentation
Matthew S on Jan 6, 2020
Read some reviews
Loretta S on Dec 31, 2019
I have used it before.
william on Dec 21, 2019
Dry yeast lasts longer than liquid
Garrett L on Dec 19, 2019
Recipe calls for it
Steve G on Dec 18, 2019
Good Pale Ale Yeast
Clayton B on Dec 17, 2019
Again, have become a Safale fan.
JC D on Dec 14, 2019
Stout
Matt Mcdonald on Dec 13, 2019
Regular pick
Bob P on Dec 12, 2019
Recommended for kit
JAMES V. on Dec 11, 2019
Use sometimes
Frank D on Dec 11, 2019
Good all around yeast
Valued C on Dec 9, 2019
recipe
DANIEL M on Dec 7, 2019
Recipe
Alton S on Dec 4, 2019
Back up yeast
Bruce C on Mar 28, 2020
Great yeast
Christopher D H on Mar 26, 2020
What is the alcohol tolerance of this yeast? I didn't see it mentioned on the TDS.
Mark Lashway on Dec 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: At least 8% - because that's what my imperial stout came out as. This is a pretty great yeast. It's crazy fast (control ferm temps) and the yeast cake clarifies into concrete at the bottom of the fermenter. Mostly I use US-05.
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Dry Yeast FTW
After 8 years of brewing, I've been going back to dry yeast, this is one of my go to yeast strains. Gets to work quickly and finishes super clear.
January 15, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
I love this yeast
Another one of my go to yeast. Clean, fast, and forgiving. Taste great too.
December 28, 2019
Purchased
7 months ago
This is my favorite English yeast. I have used several different liquid yeast but this one had given the best performance and consistency
September 20, 2019
Purchased
7 months ago
So far great fermintations!
If it works as good as 05 should be great
June 24, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Fast and Clean!
To those new to brewing, play it safe with Safale S-04. Don't worry about hydrating, pitch it dry and stir it in. It works fast and clears out fast. I typically get crystal clear ale in 4 days with this stuff. I've tried several and keep coming back to this one. I brew 3 gallon batches on the stove top, use 1/2 pack, tape it shut and use the rest within a couple weeks with no problems.
Fast and clean!
Fast and clean!
March 7, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Always keep some on hand.
Mostly use liquid yeasts with a yeast starter. Always like to keep a couple of varieties of Safale dry on hand. Easy to store and lasts a long time. Handy to have in case of a yeast emergency.
February 5, 2019
Purchased
1 year ago
Active and fast
Easy to use and fast fermentation.
September 26, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
I use different yeast for different brews and to date I have alway had absolute success with every purchase; including safale S-04
September 20, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Great yeast
This yeast always creates a clean, tasty beer. Such a great backup yeast to have on hand.
June 1, 2018