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Old 07-21-2011, 01:24 AM   #1
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I'm doing my first high alcohol extract and with a two year old in the house I can't really grow the yeast to the right amount. So I'm asking if using two packages of Wyeast smack-packs would be an effective alternative.

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Old 07-21-2011, 01:25 AM   #2
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What's the target OG? Are you doing a 5 gallon batch?

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Old 07-21-2011, 01:27 AM   #3
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This is the best tool to tell you how much yeast you need Mr Malty Pitch Rate calculator.

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Yep, that's what I was going to suggest, but wanted to know his inputs...

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Old 07-21-2011, 01:30 AM   #5
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Thanks Revvy I'll look into that.

usfmikeb OG is 1.090 and target is 1.010 and yes it is a 5 gallon batch.

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According to Mr Malty, that OG would require 300 billion yeast cells in a starter, and smack packs theoretically have 100 billion cells apiece.

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Old 07-21-2011, 01:37 AM   #7
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Thanks. I'll bookmark it for future use.

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if by chance your yeast was going to be 1056, you could just use 2 packs of fermentis S-05. same strain, but cheaper and no need for a starter

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FWIW, a FG of 1.010 from an OG of 1.090 roughly calculates to 89% Apparent Attenuation.

A better goal FG might be 1.015-1.020.

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As dcp27 said, you might want to look at dry yeast. 2 packs of dry should be perfect for a batch at this gravity and likely still cheaper than just 1 of the smack packs.

What strain do you plan on using?

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