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Old 05-28-2009, 06:46 PM   #1
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I ordered a 2 pre prohibition lager kits (for a total of 10 gals) from Northen Brewer and it came with 2 packages of Saflager S-23. The more I read about S-23 it sounds as though most use 2 packs for a 5 gal batch. Should I pick up 2 more packages?
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:50 PM   #2
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with the 11.5 g packets one is good for a 5 gallon mid range OG brew . rehydrate and pitch



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Old 05-28-2009, 07:00 PM   #3
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I use it regularly - 1 pkt per 5 gal. I don't bother to re-hydrate anymore. I tried it both ways - it didn't make any difference. I pitch the yeast by sprinkling directly into the wort - making sure the yeast and wort are at the same temp at 74F.

I get active fermentation in 12 hours then refrigerate to 54F.

It consistently brings a 1.056 batch to 1.010 for a 6% dry pilsner style beer. I like this yeast a lot and rarely use liquid yeast any more.

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I rehydrate because I have had some 04 and 05 lately that did nothing ,all it did was sink to the bottom of the bowl and sit there . Pitched another packet and poof it blossomed like its suppose to

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What temp did you pitch at? - the blurb that comes with it says to only sprinkle directly if the temperature is above 20C.

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Re-hydrate your dry yeast. It has plenty of merit benificial to the yeast. Search the threads for those. If nothing else it's just good practice.

To say that re-hydrating is needless is like saying a starter for liquid is needless.

Sure you "can" pitch just the vial but you know you should make the starter. And, re-hydrating takes what 10 maybe 15 minutes. More if you are actually boiling to deaerate. How much time goes into the starter?

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rehydrate with boiled water cooled to 70-75° as per instructions. As I have been doing for several years I think a few packets may have been handle wrong either at the vendor or during shipping .

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Thanks for all the replies. That is what is great about this board, plenty of people willing to share. Also I read of someone who just scooped out 2 cups of wort after it had cooled to about 70 F to use for rehydrating. Is there any merit to this?

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Fermentis in their product PDF says you can use 10 times the weight of the yeast of either water or wort . I would just use water there has been some say that the sugar in the wort is detrimental to the yeast as it rehydrates . I have no proof on its validity. But its just one more way of contamination taking the wort out .

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Two of the three leading dry yeast manufacturers say water only. They take water out of the yeast, not wort.



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