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Old 01-02-2008, 03:21 PM   #1
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Default Starter from dried yeast?

Is there any reason to do it? Just wondering. I've only used dried yeast until yesterday's 08-08-08 brew where I made a starter from 1056.

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Old 01-02-2008, 03:24 PM   #2
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I would not make a starter out of dry yeast. They are meant to be rehydrated and pitched without a starter. If you want to increase the cell count, add more packs of yeast.

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I would not make a starter out of dry yeast. They are meant to be rehydrated and pitched without a starter. If you want to increase the cell count, add more packs of yeast.
+1.

Dried yeast is de-hydrated in an optimal state so that when it is hydrated it is ready to go.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:48 PM   #4
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I would not make a starter out of dry yeast. They are meant to be rehydrated and pitched without a starter. If you want to increase the cell count, add more packs of yeast.
Okay, that's what I thought. Thanks!

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Old 01-02-2008, 06:23 PM   #5
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Rehydrate yes, starter no.

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there's a lot more cells in a 10-12g dry pack than a liquid smack pack or vial.

I always rehydrate. Fermentis even has a 'special' hydration procedure for their products that produces a very easy to pitch yeast "cream".

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I'm bumping this thread because I am about to brew and pitch my first dry yeast batch. I am using Safale US-05. I gather I should not make a starter. I am making a 5.5 gallon AG batch that will be well oxygenated when I pitch. I have heard that you can pitch dry or rehydrate. What's the preference? Should I throw in two packets?
I am making the Dude's highly touted Lakewalk Pale Ale.

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Rehydrating is the preferred way to use the dry yeast. Just follow the package directions and you're all set! There is a large cell count with the dry yeast package and if you rehydrate according to the directions, it should take off fast for you!

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Rehydrate properly ~ 97% cell viability. Pitch to wort ~ 40-50% viability. it's like throwing away half of your money.

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got it. thanks guys. will rehydrate yeast.

Off to heat strike water now. God I love brew days.

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