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Old 11-25-2008, 12:48 AM   #1
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Brewed the Brewer's Best German Altbier kit yesterday. I was worried from the beginning that the kit was old (bought the kit from a shop that I had never been to before and it was obvious they didn't care too much about the hobby), and I was worried that the yeast might have been too old (noticed the dust on top of the box when I got out to my car).

Because of my worrying today, no activity in the airlock, and the fact that I happened to be in the area of Keystone Homebrew shop, I picked up a Wyeast German Ale smack-pack. Well an hour ago, the airlock started bubbling slowly and my worries have subsided, but now that I have the extra yeast...would it change anything if I added it? The yeast that came with the kit didn't say which strain it was, simply: "Munton's Dried Active Brewing Yeast." Would there be any benefits from adding the German Ale yeast, what about downsides? Will it any difference at all?

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Brewed the Brewer's Best German Altbier kit yesterday. I was worried from the beginning that the kit was old (bought the kit from a shop that I had never been to before and it was obvious they didn't care too much about the hobby), and I was worried that the yeast might have been too old (noticed the dust on top of the box when I got out to my car).

Because of my worrying today, no activity in the airlock, and the fact that I happened to be in the area of Keystone Homebrew shop, I picked up a Wyeast German Ale smack-pack. Well an hour ago, the airlock started bubbling slowly and my worries have subsided, but now that I have the extra yeast...would it change anything if I added it? The yeast that came with the kit didn't say which strain it was, simply: "Munton's Dried Active Brewing Yeast." Would there be any benefits from adding the German Ale yeast, what about downsides? Will it any difference at all?
Since the Munton's is going, I think pitching the expensive liquid yeast would be a waste. I'd stick the Wyeast in the fridge, and make another brew soon that could use that nice smack-pack.
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Since the Munton's is going, I think pitching the expensive liquid yeast would be a waste. I'd stick the Wyeast in the fridge, and make another brew soon that could use that nice smack-pack.
Nothing like an excuse for another batch!
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Take a read of this.....it will give you an idea of what you should consideer doing if you are worried.

http://blogs.homebrewtalk.com/Revvy/Think_evaluation_before_action/

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Nothing like an excuse for another batch!
Quite true! Thanks for all of the advice, it's much appreciated!
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