Using bread yeast for carbonating non alcoholic beverages

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Using bread yeast for carbonating non alcoholic beverages

Post by Bad 'Ed » Wed Oct 21, 2020 7:53 pm

I fancy making some lemonade or something similar (but sour). I've made ginger beer a few times before but always carbonated it with sugar and beer yeast.

I assume bread yeast would work just as well? We've pretty much always got some to hand and would mean I don't have to waste the more expensive beer yeast.
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Re: Using bread yeast for carbonating non alcoholic beverages

Post by wmfd » Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:44 pm

I am pretty sure I used bread yeast for some elderflower I made a few years ago. It was fine although I did end up with quite a lot of yeast in the bottles (which may have been me rather than the yeast).

Not sure how alcohol tolerant bread yeast is?
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Re: Using bread yeast for carbonating non alcoholic beverages

Post by tomandrichard » Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:38 pm

I think both bread and beer yeast are saccharomyces cerevisiae, although the strains will be different

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Re: Using bread yeast for carbonating non alcoholic beverages

Post by MashBag » Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:54 pm

tomandrichard wrote:
Fri Apr 02, 2021 12:38 pm
I think both bread and beer yeast are saccharomyces cerevisiae, although the strains will be different
Absolutely they are both Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

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Re: Using bread yeast for carbonating non alcoholic beverages

Post by MashBag » Fri Apr 02, 2021 4:57 pm

wmfd wrote:
Sun Nov 01, 2020 1:44 pm
I am pretty sure I used bread yeast for some elderflower I made a few years ago. It was fine although I did end up with quite a lot of yeast in the bottles (which may have been me rather than the yeast).

Not sure how alcohol tolerant bread yeast is?
About 12 -14%, give or take.

One of the big reasons for using a beer yeast is flocculation - big word for saying it settles and sticks to the bottom of the bottle (saf ale is particularly good). Bread yeast will be dusty, so you get a snow globe effect when you move the bottle.

Both do the job

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Re: Using bread yeast for carbonating non alcoholic beverages

Post by Silver_Is_Money » Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:39 pm

Fleischmann’s Active Dry Bread Yeast vs. Fermentis Safale US-05 American Ale Yeast:

https://brulosophy.com/2020/03/30/yeast ... t-results/
While 11 tasters (p<0.05) would have had to accurately identify the unique sample in order to reach statistical significance, 12 (p=0.013) did, indicating participants in this xBmt were able to reliably distinguish a Pale Ale fermented with baker’s yeast from one fermented with Safale US-05 brewer’s yeast.

The 12 participants who made the accurate selection on the triangle test were instructed to complete a brief preference survey comparing only the beers that were different. A total of 4 tasters reported preferring the beer fermented with baker’s yeast, 7 liked the brewer’s yeast beer more, and 1 had no preference despite noticing a difference.
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Re: Using bread yeast for carbonating non alcoholic beverages

Post by MashBag » Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:42 pm

Never done a taste test. Perhaps should.

Tbh I do like saf-ale no snowglobe.

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