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Old 12-20-2007, 04:20 PM   #1
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Default Newbie question about mixing yeast

I searched for this but could not find anything so I am sorry if it appears elsewhere.

I was wondering if anyone could tell me if it would be advisable to mix two yeasts by pitching two different strands into the wort?

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Old 12-20-2007, 04:25 PM   #2
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It couldn't hurt, but what are you going for? Why are you wanting to?

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If there is an effect you are desiring to get there is no reason why you can't. I'm not sure why you would want to though.

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Old 12-20-2007, 04:39 PM   #4
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well. I am brewing a porter that will have a fairly high starting gravity. I have one propagator yeast packet that is not the original strain I wanted to use. I have never made a starter wort before, I have only used the activator packs. So knowing that I would rather avoid making a starter (Lazy, yes) I know that I need a higher pitching rate than just the one propagaotr pack, so I figured I could just special order the yeast strain that I orignially wanted and combine the two to make the correct pitching rate. So how outrageous is my idea?

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Im not an expert by any means but I think the faster yeast would take over and do its thing before the other yeast has a chance to do much.

Making a starter takes about 15-20 minutes so it really isn't an issue. Not to pick on you but when people say they are to lazy to make a starter but will spend hours brewing it cracks me up.

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Old 12-20-2007, 04:46 PM   #6
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Well I guess its not because Im lazy, but because I havent done it before. I even have the pyrex beaker and all. Im just kind of scared of doing it because I havent done it. I guess my more appropriate question at this point should be. Do you think that I could make a starter and create a large enough pitch rate from one propagator package to pitch to a 5 gallong batch with an estimated OG of 1079?

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Without a doubt yes. I made a starter the night before brewing a 1.070 brew and fermentation started in 5 hours.

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Thanks for your help. I will now start reading on how to go about doing that. I appreciate it.

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If you have the means you could split the batch and add one yeast pack to each half. Should make for an interesting experiment to see the difference in flavor profiles.

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Well I guess its not because Im lazy, but because I havent done it before. I even have the pyrex beaker and all. Im just kind of scared of doing it because I havent done it. I guess my more appropriate question at this point should be. Do you think that I could make a starter and create a large enough pitch rate from one propagator package to pitch to a 5 gallong batch with an estimated OG of 1079?
Yes, I think you should make a starter. I'm not sure why you're worried about making a starter if you have already made beer. Starters are just small worts with some yeast (check out www.howtobrew.com for detailed instructions).

Make a quart starter today with your propagator, step it up another quart tomorrow, brew on Saturday or Sunday. I made a 1qt starter for a 1.089 brew and it took off like a house on fire.
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