Omega Yeast®, known for custom propped liquid yeast pitches, announced the release of
Propper Seltzer nutrient is compatible with any strain of yeast including beer yeast, wine yeast, and distillers yeast, and was designed to make things easier for brewers looking to create their own hard seltzer.
"We set out specifically to formulate a blend for hard seltzer that allows our yeast to really be successful," according to Laura Burns, PhD, Director of Research and Development for Omega Yeast. "Hard seltzer is here to stay," said Burns: "now let's make it craft!"
Hard seltzer fermentation differs from standard beer brewing because simple sugars--such as dextrose--do not provide yeast the essential nutrients that malt naturally does. Yeast need these elements in order to live, replicate and ferment.
In order to propel thorough fermentation in a simple sugar base, then, yeast need the addition of specific vitamins and minerals to replace what they typically get from malt. Omega Yeast’s R&D crew developed a nutrient blend that manages yeast's nutrient requirements efficiently, resulting in healthy, fast, clean fermentations in shorter time.
Propper Seltzer is balanced to allow brewers to brew a hard seltzer without struggling against long or unpredictable fermentations, intrusive off-flavors, cloudiness or extensive yellowing.