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Lallemand | Enoferm Alpha™ | Dry Malolactic Bacteria

Lallemand | Enoferm Alpha™ | Dry Malolactic Bacteria

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  • Enoferm Alpha will ferment at lower temperatures and at lower pH levels compared to older Viniflora strains of Oenococcus Oeni
  • Alpha was selected as dominant strain that has the capcity to achieve reliable MLF and improve wine complexity
  • This strain will help contribute to mouthfeel while lowering the perception of green and vegetative flavors
  • Lallemand Oenology specializes in the development, production, and marketing of top-grade yeast and bacteria

This was the first improved ML strain that we carried and still the most popular. When compared with the older Viniflora strains of Oenococcus Oeni, Enoferm Alpha (which is a different strain of Oenoccoccus Oeni) will ferment at lower temperatures and at lower pH levels. This means it is superior for both red and white wines and can be added later in the wine making process than the Viniflora strain, with the ideal time being right after the completion of primary fermentation.

In addition to good performance in harsh conditions, Enoferm Alpha was preferred in blind tastings over the older Viniflora strain for its clean and fruity aromas, a decrease of vegetative and herbaceous notes and increased mouth-feel.

Now we are selling multiple strains of improved ML bacteria including Beta, VP41, 31, and Baccus, giving you lots great bugs to choose from.

Alpha was selected as dominant strain that has the capcity to achieve reliable MLF and improve wine complexity. Alpha will help contribute to mouthfeel while lowering the perception of green and vegetative flavors. Its low production of biogenic amines respects health concerns.

For more information about ML Bacteria, please see MoreWine!'s Guide to Malolactic Fermentation.

  • 2.5 g: good for 66 gallons
  • 25 g: good for 660 gallons
  • Alcohol tolerance: <15.5% v/v.
  • SO2 tolerance: <50 ppm
  • pH: >3.2
  • Temperature: >57°F

You can't store malolactic bacteria once the package has been opened. Note: Malolactic bacteria added during the ferment will compete with the yeast for nutrients and are atagonistic to yeast, potentially causing higher VA levels. The best time to add an ML culture is after racking off the gross lees.

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I like it
Jennifer Z on Nov 11, 2022
Recommended
Shawna M on Oct 11, 2022
I like it
Jennifer Z on Nov 11, 2022
RECOMMENED ON WINE MAKING SITE
Ruth on Oct 13, 2022
Recommended
Shawna M on Oct 11, 2022
Effective. Used previously
Aaron A on Oct 11, 2022
It was available not first choice
Lori M R on Oct 10, 2022
Familiar with it and it seems to work.
Whiner on Oct 7, 2022
always works
Glen M on Sep 30, 2022
Wonderful M/L Bacteria
Michael B on Sep 14, 2022
I use with higher pH must for it's SO2 tolerance
Alvin B on Jul 27, 2022
Very good results reducing malic acid in my red wines and eliminating harshness.
James N Skufis on Jul 2, 2022
For Pinot Noir
Brian B on Nov 12, 2021
I have used many bacteria in the past and like this one the best for big red wines.
Del Long on Oct 21, 2021
It works
Bill Frazier on Oct 8, 2021
Need to treat my wine this year.
Brian Stigler on Sep 29, 2021
Based on description
John s on Sep 28, 2021
Good reputation of product, and I don't have to worry about my local supplier being out of ML cultures when I need them.
James N Skufis on Sep 9, 2021
Meets the parameters of this year's harvest
Alvin B on Aug 30, 2021
Great M/L Bacteria
Michael B on Aug 18, 2021
To have the proper levels of good specific culture develop the wine into a more complex - balanced wine
Elisha P on Oct 9, 2020
Recommended
Valued C on Sep 22, 2020
used before
Donald A C on Sep 10, 2020
previous use
David C A on Sep 10, 2020
Recommended by your Guide to Red Wine Making
Bruce Schollie on Aug 24, 2020
My all time favorite ml
Mark S on Jul 14, 2020
Love Enoferm alpha and beta
craig M on Mar 23, 2020
recommended
Stephen B on Jan 20, 2020
specs say I can use it on wine with PH as low as 3.2 and 50ppm's of SO2
Craig H. B on Nov 26, 2019
Didn't order enough.
Daniel S on Nov 13, 2019
I usually work with an other product, recently I used ENOFERM product and I have been very satisfied, I want to experience something else that I normally used
Pierre F on Nov 9, 2019
This Malo Bacteria gets the job done
jason p on Oct 22, 2019
used before
Stephen B on Oct 2, 2019
High alcohol and low temperature/pH tolerance
Marc S on Sep 26, 2019
Ease of use
Danny L T on Sep 22, 2019
Malolactic is good price and product
Frank Miloslavich on Sep 20, 2019
My mentor uses it.
Slow Fire Vineyard on Sep 12, 2019
Very forgiving
Robert A on Sep 10, 2019
This is the first time using this malolactic bacteria. I was interested due to the description of it's ability to reduce vegetative flavors.
Michelle T on Sep 4, 2019
previous use
Helge A on Sep 3, 2019
Works great, and very easy to use.
E.J. Z on Aug 28, 2019
Used it before and liked results
Lance R on Oct 25, 2018
works great and is easy to use.!
Doug McDonald on Oct 10, 2018
Good Results in Past
James D P on Oct 6, 2018
tried and works for me
Guang X on Oct 5, 2018
Like malolactic for many of my wines and this said it can be used for both red and white. First time trying it. Hope I like it!
Maureen B on Sep 26, 2018
red wine malolactic
Judy P on Sep 2, 2018
Round up the wine ,more lactic less acid
Hajrush H L on Aug 24, 2018
Best one
Greg B on Aug 20, 2018
I've used it before.
Michael B on Aug 14, 2018
chardonnay yeast
ALEXEY S on Jul 24, 2018
Used VP41 successfully for my last vintage, but need something to handle lower pH
Lance on Jul 4, 2018
RECOMMENED ON WINE MAKING SITE
Ruth on Oct 13, 2022
Effective. Used previously
Aaron A on Oct 11, 2022
Is Enoferm Alpha compatible with Cellar Science's "RED" Dry Yeast?
Andrew Hutchins on Sep 9, 2022
BEST ANSWER: Hello Andrew, l have never used Cellar Science's "RED" Dry Yeast, but the secondary fermentation is a totally separate process so there should be no issues as for compatibility. The Enoferm Alpha works well for the secondary fermentation if you follow the directions. Hope this helps.

Lavon F
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Rated 5 out of 5
Great MLF Bacteria
I have been using this for making primitivo, Cabernet Sauvignon, and petite Syrah for years and like it very much.
August 18, 2021
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Good price and quality is very good. Some malolactic are very expensive and get same results
November 24, 2020
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Enfoerm
Tried the others and always come back to the best one I've tried and used.. Thx Enfoerm
Super product!
October 14, 2019
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best ML Bacteria for Difficult Conditions
I have used Enoferm Alpha for many years and it is my go to choice when trying to complete ML fermentations in difficult conditions such as lower temps and higher S02 levels. I have found it very useful when trying to complete ML fermentations in Merlot musts as Merlot is much harder to complete ML fermentation than other varietals.
November 11, 2018
Rated 5 out of 5
used for my first try at fermenting my wine harvest.
Will know in 9 months after wine is bottled.
September 14, 2018
Purchased
over 5 years ago