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I am looking to brew some ginger beer and other simple stuff.

I wonder what are the characteristics of baker yeast? Will they do for a cyder beer ? What are the disadvantages?

In Europe we have ("Fala" brand) baker yeast packed in cubes and dry baker yeast ("Dr. Oetker" brand). This stuff is cheap and I can get them in any grocery store. I don't expect wonders but a Champagne/other yeast is so harder to get.

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made a typo I meant ginger beer instead of cider beer – brodul Nov 3 '13 at 22:24
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EDIT since I made my answer you changed from Cider to Ginger beer***

@brodul I have used bakers yeast with a cider in the past and I found the taste of the brew to be ...yeasty in flavor. It was my first cider that wasn't from a kit so it could have been my error, but since then I have used proper cider/Champaign yeast with much better results.

If you want to make a simple cider then it will work and taste will be ok but for better results I would use brewers yeast.

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I've not used it, but I'm guessing bakers yeast doesn't flocculate well, giving an unclear beverage and the yeasty taste. Adding finings, such as isinglass or other clearing agent, or putting it in the fridge for a day may help sediment the yeast. – mdma Nov 3 '13 at 22:31
@mdma I did have it in the fridge for a week but did not try the finings. It would be interesting to see if it made it better or not. I used baker’s yeast in the first place as a proof of concept to see if it was worth the extra effort in using brewer’s yeast, and techniques. In this case it was so I haven't used baker’s yeast again. Editing my answer was fair enough also :-) – WillNZ Nov 3 '13 at 23:35
I think you nailed it - there's surely a good reason why homebrewers generally don't use bakers yeast. I've seen tutorials on making homemade ginger beer just recommend baker's yeast - but I imagine that's to make it as easy and accessible as possible, rather than making a good product. – mdma Nov 3 '13 at 23:56
Sorry for changing my question. What do you think about safbrew s-33? – brodul Nov 4 '13 at 20:17
I have not tried brewing with that before. I'm sure someone else has and can help. Have you tried searching for that in the forum? – WillNZ Nov 5 '13 at 0:07

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