HOMEBREW Digest #5648 Mon 18 January 2010

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  Starter ("Rob Moline")
  RE: Pitching Yeast ("David Houseman")
  RE: pitching yeast ("Mike Patient")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 01:46:07 -0600 From: "Rob Moline" <jethrogump at suddenlink.net> Subject: Starter >From: Adam Bryant <adam at mprsupply.com> >Subject: pitching yeast >I know that having plenty of healthy yeast is essential. I typically do a medium yeast starter from the wyyeast smack >packs for my 5gal batches. >I am starting an experiment with a 1gal batch of ESB that has a gravity of 1.053. Is it necessary to make a starter for >my 1gal batch and if so, how much? >Thanks, >New brewer Sounds like you already are making a starter...a one gallon starter! ;=) Of course, a sachet of Nott or Windsor would be overkill in a 1 g batch... jethrogump Rob Moline Danstar "The More I Know About Beer, The More I Realize I Need To Know More About Beer!" Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 07:19:19 -0500 From: "David Houseman" <david.houseman at verizon.net> Subject: RE: Pitching Yeast Adam, I'll admit I'm not one to count yeast cells, but that's the approach. Yes, you want the proper amount of healthy yeast. More for lagers than ales, and more for bigger beers than smaller beers. Since yeast produce the majority of esters early during reproduction, and you do want esters in most ales, you do want yeast growth, so don't pitch too much yeast. For a clean lager you don't want esters so you do want plenty of yeast so there is much less reproduction and yeast gets to the job of fermentation. Dave Houseman Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 15:32:26 -0500 From: "Mike Patient" <mpatient at rta.biz> Subject: RE: pitching yeast In reply to the yeast pitching question, there is two ways you could be going with Wyeast. Either you are buying the Propagator packs, or Activator packs. http://www.wyeastlab.com/hb_products.cfm Propagators have 25 billion cells, and Activators have 100 billion. If you have the propagator you need to make a starter to pitch, if you get the activators, just break the smack pack and wait around a day and pitch directly to 5 gallons of wort. Personally, I go with the Activator packs and have never had a problem with yeast amounts. Hope this helps Mike Return to table of contents
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