View Full Version : Fruit on sale but poor on yeast

08-23-2009, 06:44 PM
Strawberries, cherries, and blackberries just went on sale down here. The only problem is I only have Fleishmann's bread yeast left over from my JOA batch. Any thoughts on using it for a batch of berry wine? I was thinking of buying the fruit and freezing it all until I can order more yeast. I am curious as to what taste the bread yeast would impart on the final product. What say y'all?

08-23-2009, 10:27 PM
Freeze it and get good wine yeast. Freezing fruit helps break up the cells, so it is often done anyway. RC-212 is good for dark colors, though it needs a lot of TLC and nutrients.

08-24-2009, 02:50 AM
Oops. I know I said berry wine but was referring to a melomel. Im going to freeze the fruit as you suggested. Thanks for the yeast suggestion. The main honeys we have down here are orange blossom and common clover. What do you think about K1V-1116? Would it be easier for a Newbee to handle?

Medsen Fey
08-24-2009, 09:33 AM
K1V will work very nicely.

If you have plenty of fruit, try making at least a small batch with the bread yeast and compare the results. I'll be interested to hear what you think after comparing the two.