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Old 01-02-2007, 11:04 AM   #1
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I'm brewing with White Labs pitchable liquid yeast for the first time. The instructions state " Remove from refrigerator 3 - 6 hours prior to use. Shake yeast well, open cap carefully and pour into wort.

Now, do I shake it once I remove it from the frig, or right before I add it to the wort?

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Old 01-02-2007, 11:25 AM   #2
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Just like the instructions say - immediately prior to pitching.

Going forward, take a look-see around here on how to make a starter; those vials ARE "pitchable," but suboptimally. Making a starter is easy, and it'll significantly reduce your lag time.

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crack the seal first... shake it up, let it settle a bit, then open it, or it will spray you in the face...

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crack the seal first... shake it up, let it settle a bit, then open it, or it will spray you in the face...
Believe me, he's tellling the truth. Then you have very little yeast left for pitching. Don't ask me how I know.......

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Believe me, he's tellling the truth. Then you have very little yeast left for pitching. Don't ask me how I know.......

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Just wanted to chime in: I'm a firm believer in always always always making a starter (the only time I don't is if I'm pitching onto an existing cake, or I've gotten the yeast from my local brewpub, directly from the conicals). Once upon a time, I didn't make starters. Then I had a 3-day lagtime with my Wyeast 1214. Now, I do it all the time. In fact, I just reused that very same 1214 that I harvested, but this time, I made a starter. Instead of a 3-day lag time like it had the first time, it had a 3 HOUR lag time. Just wanted to second what Bird said.

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