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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.
 
Like Fermentis US-04 English Ale Yeast? Then you will love CellarScience™ ENGLISH Dry Yeast!
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Richard P on Sep 15, 2020
Recipe
Fredrick M on Sep 10, 2020
Recipe
Richard P on Sep 15, 2020
It's a preference
Ken T on Sep 10, 2020
Recipe
Fredrick M on Sep 10, 2020
Re-stocking
Jeff L on Sep 9, 2020
using with my scottish ale
J U on Sep 9, 2020
It's hot in Texas.......dry yeast works best
Gary K on Sep 8, 2020
Recipe specified it
Kevin M on Sep 4, 2020
This is my go-to yeast when I want to fully ferment and dry out a beer.
Chester L on Aug 29, 2020
I wnat dry yeast for this recipe and I don't have S-04 on hand.
Ben R on Aug 25, 2020
great yeast
michael B on Aug 21, 2020
Goes with the porter
Tim Roscher on Aug 21, 2020
It's hot out so I went dry yeast
Andrew j h on Aug 21, 2020
Hot weather yeast for NE IPA
Jeff L on Aug 19, 2020
works
Robert A on Aug 18, 2020
need for beer
Andrew Calen G on Aug 14, 2020
I think it's better than the recommended Winsor English Ale yeast
Michael on Aug 12, 2020
recommended
john krousey on Aug 12, 2020
need yeast and didn't want to pay for ice to ship
Mike F on Aug 5, 2020
I always get consistent results using dry yeast
Joshua L S on Aug 4, 2020
Living in FL, I need to order dry yeast these days
Jeff P on Aug 4, 2020
Trying, first time use.
Craig R on Jul 30, 2020
Makes a great malty IPA
Andrew H on Jul 28, 2020
live in a hot climate
thom B on Jul 24, 2020
A must for English Brown ales
Stephen M. J on Jul 23, 2020
Like it. Good backup.
Matt W on Jul 21, 2020
Too hot to ship liquid yeast and had better results with this brand
Tom O on Jul 21, 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's a preference
Ken T on Sep 10, 2020
Re-stocking
Jeff L on Sep 9, 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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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
2 months ago
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
2 months ago
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
11 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
1 year 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
1 year 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