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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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i need yeast for the beer kit
Trevor P on Jul 15, 2020
Summer requires dry yeast
S L on Jul 2, 2020
i need yeast for the beer kit
Trevor P on Jul 15, 2020
Great go to yeast!
Craig Peacock on Jul 8, 2020
Summer requires dry yeast
S L on Jul 2, 2020
can be shipped without going bad
Jacob K on Jun 30, 2020
Try something different
Richard S on Jun 26, 2020
needed a sweeter ale
Cole M S on Jun 24, 2020
price
Martin N on Jun 18, 2020
Safale S-04 English Ale Yeast never fails even when pitched at slightly higher wort temperature.
Mike D on Jun 17, 2020
One of the recommended
William H on Jun 15, 2020
good to have as a spare incase a wet yeast is bad (I brew a lot of UK beer)
R I on Jun 13, 2020
for DIPA
mark g w on Jun 12, 2020
This is my other go to yeast
Tommy on Jun 12, 2020
needed yeast on hand
Stephen S on Jun 12, 2020
goes w porter
James B on Jun 9, 2020
I have had good luck with the safale yeast before
Devin Diedrich on Jun 9, 2020
Avoid shipping liquid yeast ;)
Valued C on Jun 8, 2020
To hot to ship liquid yeast to TX, even with the additional cold packs
christopher lake on Jun 6, 2020
good results
Jurgen M K on May 31, 2020
safale is easy to use, quality is equivalent to liquid yeast and its price is great.
Jerry S on May 30, 2020
Works well
Thomas Pavlock on May 27, 2020
Great for brewing NE IPA (Dry Yeast longevity)
Gary N on May 23, 2020
what I generally use
Mike D on May 21, 2020
it work great
Rob C on May 20, 2020
fermenting wort
Kevin S on May 18, 2020
it goes with my red ale or porter nicely
Chris P on May 15, 2020
Was listed with kit
Brian b on May 14, 2020
i like it for bottle conditioned beer
james b on May 14, 2020
always works great
jason on May 14, 2020
recipe
Dawn S on May 13, 2020
backup yeast for future yeast failures
Ranch on May 12, 2020
Because it works
David B on May 12, 2020
Tried and true English ale strain
Jeremy W on May 12, 2020
Easy no ice needed? First timer
Valued C on May 10, 2020
Always use it along with a liquid yeast. Belt and suspenders.
George K on May 9, 2020
nothing else was available
Edward S on May 6, 2020
Used in the past with good results
Dennis E on May 5, 2020
Summer Squeeze Lemon Shandy
Jason J. B on May 4, 2020
Very reliable.
Michael F on May 3, 2020
available
Mark W on May 2, 2020
I have had very good outcomes with this yeast.
James McCord on May 1, 2020
Never used, trying it in place of US-05
Michael B on Apr 27, 2020
previously used with my porter kit
Robert N on Apr 25, 2020
Easy to use and recomended by Jamil
Jonathan D on Apr 24, 2020
For the porter I ordered
Alexander G on Apr 23, 2020
Ferments quick and tasty for British ales
David W on Apr 22, 2020
English ales are the finest
Joseph B on Apr 22, 2020
Planned recipe ingredient
Joseph H on Apr 21, 2020
Because it was one of the listed that was suggested
Kelly Rick on Apr 21, 2020
back up
Nathan H on Apr 17, 2020
good dry yeast
Andrew Morgan on Apr 14, 2020
Great go to yeast!
Craig Peacock on Jul 8, 2020
can be shipped without going bad
Jacob K on Jun 30, 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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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
Purchased
8 months 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
Purchased
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
Purchased
10 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
10 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
over 2 years 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