View Full Version : QA 23 Yeast

10-29-2013, 08:36 PM
Has anyone here used QA 23 yeast? Not sure but I think Lavlin have recently started to package and sell this for the home brewer and wine maker. Is this yeast a good choice for mead?


Medsen Fey
10-29-2013, 10:20 PM
It works very well for meads. I've used it with traditionals and some light-fruit mels. It also is an excellent yeast for restarts.

10-29-2013, 11:11 PM
Excellent. Thank you. Planning to use QA23 for a small batch of chocolate mead using clover honey.

10-30-2013, 03:08 AM
Very good news Medsen, we are trailing it against D47 which they say its similar to? in some cysers, preliminary tests look very good. WVMJ

Medsen Fey
10-30-2013, 11:32 AM
My experience with QA23 has been that it isn't as "fruity" as D47 in meads. YMMV

01-25-2014, 11:54 AM
What did you find in the trials on QA23, WVMJ? I see that the Scott Labs Handbook recommends it for meads...

01-25-2014, 08:21 PM
They are only a couple of months old, we bottled 2 gal of each and they are already gone, I think we liked the QA23 a little better, both were good. We are putting them thru MLF right now, probably wait until our spring activites are over before we have time to bottle. WVMJ

01-26-2014, 07:28 AM
So, are you saying that, in your trials, D47 and QA23 gave similar results in cysers?

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01-26-2014, 04:16 PM
Similar in just the couple of months, after MLF and aging a little I think we will find out which one we prefer. I do like that the QA you dont have to be so worried about the temps going higher. Also doing an ale yeast at the same time, really does so far taste more like beer but it hasnt aged out yet either. WVMJ