View Full Version : Red Star vs Lalvin

07-19-2012, 01:20 AM
Is there a difference between the yeasts? I mean, Red Star Pasteur Champagne and Lalvin EC-1118 are essentially the same strain. Is there a difference or is it all in the packaging (and the spelling)? :)

07-19-2012, 10:08 AM
Great question- I donít know, but Iím interested. Tagged for further review.

Medsen Fey
07-19-2012, 10:15 AM
Actually, it is the Premier Cuvee strain that is identical to EC-1118. The other Red star strains don't have identical lallemand counterparts.

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07-19-2012, 02:33 PM
It's not just Lallemand and/or Red Star.

K1V-1116 is the same strain as Gervin Varietal "E". Yet its no problem getting K1V, but the Gervin version is like rocking horse turds !

I just learned to use the Lallemand brands (Lalvin being one of them) because they seem to publish more data than all the other producers combined. Which, IMO, helps make an informed decision as to the best yeast for the batch you want to make.