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Safale S-04 English Ale Yeast - Fermentis

Safale S-04 English Ale Yeast - Fermentis

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Description

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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My go to yeast when making English style ales.
Stephen D on May 8, 2021
great yeast
Chris R on Apr 30, 2021
My go to yeast when making English style ales.
Stephen D on May 8, 2021
My most favorite dry yeast on the planet.
Anthony C on May 5, 2021
great yeast
Chris R on Apr 30, 2021
tried and true yeast
Thomas C S on Apr 27, 2021
To make a high gravity imperial brown.
Andrew A on Apr 24, 2021
Good yeast
Nelson B on Apr 24, 2021
For my favorite Porter recipe.
Jon Davison on Apr 21, 2021
Great yeast!
Doug K. on Apr 21, 2021
Another good dry yeast.
John on Apr 15, 2021
Comparing to liquid yeast
Jim Hammer on Apr 12, 2021
Has worked well for me in the past.
S L on Apr 9, 2021
Always a fast finisher very clean works well. and an additional for having around purposes
Robert N on Apr 6, 2021
Yeast Starter Experimentation
Daniel T on Apr 3, 2021
For use with Old Bearded Stout
Brett C on Mar 29, 2021
Good in hoppy American style beers
Daniela Garcia on Mar 26, 2021
Summer is almost here.
Dave C on Mar 24, 2021
I had good luck with this brand last time using dry.
Josh A on Mar 24, 2021
Keep on hand - IPAs, ales, etc.
Jeff L on Mar 24, 2021
To make mead
Andrew Butler on Mar 24, 2021
New use
VE-0930509, Rina R on Mar 23, 2021
Great for Stouts
Josh O on Mar 23, 2021
Stout brew, party gyle
Joshua C on Mar 16, 2021
trying a new yeast
Patrick G on Mar 16, 2021
Always good to have extra on hand
Jeffrey C on Mar 12, 2021
Making an Old Ale
William W on Mar 5, 2021
Fast and quick clearing yeast
Ronald H on Mar 2, 2021
System suggested it
Jayson n on Mar 2, 2021
stout
Ben S on Mar 2, 2021
always gives the beer a good taste in a english style beer
Donald E S on Feb 27, 2021
Good for an Irish Red Beer
Matthew D. Y on Feb 26, 2021
Like it in other batches
Robbie Gilmore J on Feb 25, 2021
quality
michael B on Feb 25, 2021
recipe called for it
Stephan J on Feb 22, 2021
price
Valued C on Feb 18, 2021
recommended for porter
James B on Feb 17, 2021
It's yeast. Show me how to make beer without yeast.
Steve Van T on Feb 9, 2021
had it before
Edward B on Feb 8, 2021
Suggested Item
Kevin R M on Feb 5, 2021
Classic yeast
B R on Feb 4, 2021
Otter Creek Stovepipe Porter was the best, and clones I researched used this. Plus all these other ingredients are European, so why not.
ethan h on Feb 4, 2021
Looking for a slightly lower temp fermentation with a little less fruitiness
Ryan H on Feb 4, 2021
because it is not included with kit
Michael K on Jan 30, 2021
Takes off like a rocket, DY these days are perfect!
Christopher Arndt on Jan 30, 2021
Im trying out some english brown ale
Garry B on Jan 29, 2021
worked with the kit I bought, and I am familiar with this brand
Michael W on Jan 29, 2021
every time I get liquid yeast from you guys it is spoiled in shipment
ryan k on Jan 28, 2021
Reliable
Beau J I on Jan 27, 2021
I prefer dry yeast
Michael W S on Jan 25, 2021
US-05 finishes dry for some styles
KEVIN A on Jan 25, 2021
used before
john b on Jan 25, 2021
My most favorite dry yeast on the planet.
Anthony C on May 5, 2021
tried and true yeast
Thomas C S on Apr 27, 2021
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.
Reviews

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Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect for my Recipe
I use this for most of the ale that I brew and recommend it for any English style ale, such as amber or stout. Lag time is about 4 hrs and it completes within 4-5 days. it attenuates nicely. I tried liquid yeast and found that the lag time is much longr (up to 12 hrs or more.) I do switch to CALI for American style cream ales of summer wheat and to lager yeast for lagers, but I use this for everything else.
April 14, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Good yeast
Fermented a 1.065 wort down to 1.012 in less than 72 hours. Good yeast. At higher temp ranges I notice some citrus notes.
April 8, 2021
Purchased
3 months ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Never had a stuck fermentation or off flavors with S04.
March 13, 2021
Purchased
5 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
The best
If you haven't used this yeast start now.
February 17, 2021
Purchased
8 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Never Fails
EAsy and cheap. Works well.
September 15, 2020
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Purchased
9 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Purchased
10 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
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
Rated 5 out of 5
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