Have you tried Fermentis Safale LA-01 yeast? It is designed to produce beers < 0.5 ABV
No I haven't yet. I'll look at that, thank you. I've only used 04 and 05 of theirs so far. All tasted good, clean with a strong ferment.
Would be quite fun to do a side by side brew with the 01 and see what flavours come directly from the alcohol rather than the grains.
I just checked out the safalis site and it says this...POINTS OF ATTENTION
As the beer at the end of fermentation will contain a lot of residual fermentable sugars, it is mandatory to pasteurize the beer after packaging (between 80 and 120 PU).
This yeast is not suitable for cropping and repitching.
So t'would be interesting to see on how on earth you'd stop it being sickly sweet. I wonder how the professionals deal with it.