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.
Like Fermentis US-04 English Ale Yeast? Then you will love CellarScience™ ENGLISH Dry Yeast!
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time to make apple cider
Nolan Lee on Dec 2, 2020
Upcoming brew day
Mainefolks on Nov 26, 2020
time to make apple cider
Nolan Lee on Dec 2, 2020
Dean W on Dec 2, 2020
Upcoming brew day
Mainefolks on Nov 26, 2020
Great Ale/IPA year
Jeff L on Nov 26, 2020
I always use dry yeast
Nick L on Nov 23, 2020
Always get great results!
Cheryl H on Nov 22, 2020
William K on Nov 21, 2020
Ease of use and storage and it is super consistent
Todd D on Nov 19, 2020
Great yeast
Rob B on Nov 19, 2020
Sweet Stout
Aaron P on Nov 18, 2020
always a solid choice
Andrew R on Nov 14, 2020
Feeling brave instead of Nottingham
Michael V on Nov 11, 2020
Keith S on Nov 10, 2020
Cheaper and I am shipping
Dennis J B on Nov 9, 2020
fit the brew
Ronald S on Nov 5, 2020
I use it often and I am satisfied with the results.
Robert G on Nov 4, 2020
great yeast for ales works better in cooler conditions than us-05
Jeff L on Nov 3, 2020
Easy and works great.
Beau J I on Oct 31, 2020
Need more for my next Session Ales
Stephen M. J on Oct 31, 2020
to make beer
Aaron W on Oct 31, 2020
Always good to have on hand.
JACOB M on Oct 31, 2020
William W on Oct 28, 2020
required for brew
Vaughn H on Oct 27, 2020
Prefer dry yeast
Gary S on Oct 27, 2020
a really good british style ale yeast
Alan G on Oct 24, 2020
I like the tastes it makes.
andrew on Oct 20, 2020
Years of perfect brewing
JAMES L B on Oct 10, 2020
Oatmeal Stout recipe on Brewfather
John R on Oct 10, 2020
Use in NE IPA
Jeff L on Oct 9, 2020
Stocking up
Phil J on Oct 8, 2020
looking for the fruity ester profile
James S on Oct 8, 2020
Orion K on Oct 7, 2020
I use it often, it produces a good quality beer
Gary N on Oct 7, 2020
Recommended for this recipe
James T on Oct 6, 2020
Good, fast acting yeast for ales.
John M on Oct 2, 2020
A good, reliable yeast.
Nathan R on Oct 1, 2020
More cider
Tom C on Sep 30, 2020
It was recommended for the beer I’m brewing.
MICHAEL D on Sep 30, 2020
Making cider
JW on Sep 30, 2020
Jason O on Sep 28, 2020
in the recipe
Michael E on Sep 26, 2020
suggested with kit
Ride monger on Sep 25, 2020
great yeast
Roger K W on Sep 23, 2020
It was part of a recipe online
Alex D on Sep 23, 2020
Victor B on Sep 23, 2020
Good reviews
jeff h on Sep 23, 2020
dry yeast
Wes B on Sep 23, 2020
Dry yeast ships and stores better.
Evan B on Sep 22, 2020
Richard P on Sep 15, 2020
It's a preference
Ken T on Sep 10, 2020
Dean W on Dec 2, 2020
Great Ale/IPA year
Jeff L on Nov 26, 2020
What is the alcohol tolerance of this yeast? I didn't see it mentioned on the TDS.
Mark 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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Never Fails
EAsy and cheap. Works well.
September 15, 2020
over 2 years ago
Great Yeast
The dry yeast is superior to any of the liquid yeasts. The liquid yeast arrive with very few live yeast cells. The dry yeast starts up very quickly and finished strong.

Might try some liquid yeast when the weather gets colder.
August 17, 2020
4 months ago
Great Product, Interesting Shippong Choice
When I got this package, it came in a HUGE box. At first, I thought that it was 10 whole pounds of malt, but when I opened the box, I saw that it was the small 11 gram bag of these yeasts! I thought it was really funny how they chose to ship it! :). Evererything came as expected thoguth, so I have no complaints whatsoever.
July 14, 2020
4 months ago
Good all-around dry for Brit ales
I've used S-04 for numerous English bitters, porters, stouts. Gives that nice Brit profile, no esters if you keep it on the cool side. I usually run it around 64-68F, with great results. Works great for cider, too, as it doesn't ferment too dry, usually around 1.005 or so.
July 9, 2020
1 year ago
New go-to yeast
I've used liquid yeast for years and years and have gone to this yeast as my house yeast, drops out fast and holds firm to the bottom of the bottle for a nice clear pour. No more hassle of summertime shipments and you can keep more on hand. Eliminates the hassle of starters also. I rehydrate in wort and gently stir on a stir plate about an hour ahead of pitching and it start right up. Dry yeast has really come a long way.
May 15, 2020
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
over 2 years ago
I love this yeast
Another one of my go to yeast. Clean, fast, and forgiving. Taste great too.
December 28, 2019
1 year 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
1 year ago
So far great fermintations!
If it works as good as 05 should be great
June 24, 2019
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
over 2 years ago