Distribution des levures Fermentis (périmètre mondial)

Où puis-je trouver/acheter vos levures ?

Fermentis yeast is available worldwide through a wide network of distributors. You can find them all here: https://fermentis.com/en/distributor-list/


Puis-je réutiliser un sachet de 500g une fois ouvert ?

For the 500g sachets, we don’t recommend to re-use open sachet. However, for a sachet where the air has been flushed and firmly closed, we have experienced that the sachet can be stored for one week in a refrigeration temperatures and still be fine for use. Be aware that after storage, the yeast sachet need to be kept at ambient temperature until the yeast comes back at ambient temperature.This process works only one time.  Indeed, when you take the sachet out of the fridge and come back to ambient temperature, you will have some humidity formed by the change that you won’t be able to remove. Humidity is the second enemy of active dry yeast, after the air.

Réhydratation de la levure

Quels sont les avantages/inconvénients de la réhydratation par l’eau par rapport au moût ?

The main thing you need to know about the rehydration of the yeast, is that it should be done in a sterile medium. Either way, the water or wort need to be sterile.  If you chose water, you boil and then you decrease the temperature of the water to avoid killing the yeast. That’s the main disadvantage. The advantage is that in the sterile water the yeast won’t start to growth (no sugar), you can conserve it in sterile conditions / t° condition longer than into the wort, because CO2 will start to be formed.

J’ai lu que la réhydratation dans le moût à la différence de l’eau peut diminuer la viabilité : est-ce vrai ?

No, that’s not true.  There is the potential for a slight loss in viability (approximately 3-6%) but that will not impact the fermentation at all.

J’ai vu que la température de réhydratation recommandée pour les levures Ale est de 25-29°C. Ma température d’ensemencement pour les Ale est de 18°C. Cela ne va-t-il pas « assommer » la levure ?

The recommended rehydrate temperature is an optimal temperature.Outside this optimal range (as long as the temperature is above 10°C), you will not stun the yeast but you could get a longer lag phase at the beginning of the fermentation.Of course, this point is depending of the others factors influencing the fermentation (quality of the wort, fermentation temperature, starting gravity, etc…).

Quel volume d’eau pouvez-vous nous recommander pour y commencer la réhydratation ?

The optimal ratio is for our yeast is 1/10. The yeast is not very sensitive to the ratio of yeast to water. If you go over the ratio of 1/10 you could have technical issues, due to the higher viscosity

Pouvez-vous clarifier s’il est vrai ou non qu’il n’y a pas besoin d’oxygénation pour vos levures sèches ? Et y-aurait-il une différence à ce sujet entre les lagers et les ales ?

We don’t recommend aerating the wort in normal conditions. The dry yeast has been produced and dried with a specific know-how of the Lesaffre Group, in order to maximize the Ergosterols content of the cells. This allows the yeast to grow/multiply and ferment well.However, you could aerate the wort in particular cases, for example if you recycle the yeast. There is no difference (for the O2) between Ale and Lager.

Recommandez-vous l’utilisation d’un agent réhydratant ?

We actually do not recommend any rehydrating agent. Even though it will not harm the yeasts, we don’t see any positive effect with our range. In fact, we believe that if there is an effect, it is related to the nutrients added in fermentation. So, adjusting the nutrition in the fermentation is more than enough.

Taux d'ensemencement

Quel est le meilleur taux d’ensemencement pour mes bières Ale ?

The recommended pitching rate for our Lager strains in a first use of active dry yeast is from 80 to 120 g/hl, corresponding to 7 to 11 million cells/ml and for Ale from 50 to 80 g/hl corresponding to 3 to 5 million cells/ml.It is linked to the fact that our standard dosage in our packaging is around 10×10^9 cells/gr. On packaging, we are not mentioning the standard results but the absolute minimum guarantee so 6×10^9 viable cells/gr.It is a general guideline that doesn’t take into consideration the different phenotypes of the yeasts. Different yeasts have different kinetics (see more in our Tips&Tricks)

Si j’ensemence plus de levure que les 80g/hl recommandés, peut-être 150g/hl, y-at-il des inconvénients, des impacts négatifs sur la bière finale ?

In a first use of active dry yeast, by increasing the pitching rate, you will reduce the fermentation time and the risk of autolysis.For example, if you double the quantity of pitched yeast, you will gain one multiplication cycle, so a shorter fermentation time. The pitching rate could modify the flavor profile but it’s very hard to define a general rule: it depends of the strain but also of the raw materials used.

Propagation de la levure

Est-ce que la sur-aération augmente la probabilité de formation de diacétyle ?

We know that after 18 hours of fermentation, adding oxygen increases the diacetyl and aldehyde levels.

Qualité et traçabilité

Les levures Fermentis sont-elles sans gluten ?

We do not dose any Gluten in our products because in our factories the raw materials of our yeasts are Gluten Free.


The yeast strains produced by the LESAFFRE company for the production of Fermentis active dry yeasts do not contain any Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO), as defined by 2001/18/CE European directive dated 12 March 2001 (which stand in for the 90/220/CEE European Law).As a consequence, we guarantee that Fermentis active dry yeasts are not subject to any further conditions of labeling regarding the directives 1829/2003 and 1830/2003.

Je note que le E491 est utilisé en tant qu’émulsifiant dans vos levures sèches Ale. Ce E491 est-il d’origine végétale ou animale ?

The Sorbitan Monostearate (SMS = E491) is an emulsifier authorized for the dry yeast.The specifications of the SMS used by Fermentis are in conformity with the FAO / WHO requirements, the Food Chemicals Codex and the EEC. Fatty acids used for the SMS synthesis are from vegetable origin.

Le saccharomyce cerevisiae est habituellement mentionné pour les Ale, hors là c’est utilisé pour la Lager. Les températures de fermentation sont plus élevées que ce que l’on a typiquement pour la Lager.

The yeast taxonomy (the way we classified yeast) have been modified following the advancement of the genetic sciences.Today, it is considered as lager yeast, saccharomyces yeasts being able to metabolize melibiose (which is a particular sugar) when Ale yeast are not able to.Lager yeasts are classified under Saccharomyces pastorianus and Ale yeasts under Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Peut-on utiliser la levure sèche Fermentis pour produire une bière organique, comme si elle n’était pas certifiée organique ?

The European legislation allows brewers to use non-organic yeast in organic beer production.

Processus de refermentation

Quelle est la souche la plus adaptée pour la refermentation ?

For refermentation, try using our SafAle™ F-2.The SafAle™ F-2 will consume first the simple sugars (Glucose), then the Fructose. This strain respects the aromatic profile of your beer, and won’t give any other flavor to your final product. Another advantage is that this yeast provides a nice haze (no flocs) and sticks to the bottom of the bottle.

Questions générales

D’où vient la levure ?

Yeast occurs in the environment but, contrary to popular belief, not necessarily in vineyards. Scientific research has shown that microorganisms are carried by wind, humans, birds, and especially insects (wasps, bees and flies). Since no birds or insects are specific to a single plot of land or terroir, the idea that each yeast is land- or terroir-specific is not established even though recent researches showed a recurrence of few strains among hundreds identified on a same location. As a matter of fact, the yeasts strains responsible of the spontaneous fermentation (less than a dozen) are unpredictable.Yeast populations contain a wide range of strains, which are constantly migrating. For example, some yeast found in the Kemeu River vineyard in New Zealand are the same as European yeasts in… French oak barrels! Thanks to new genetic analysis tools, all yeast strains can now be accurately identified.

Où va la levure à la fin d’une fermentation alcoolique ?

Yeast dies at the end of alcoholic fermentation and settles to the bottom of barrels/cuves.

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