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scottyg354 01-21-2013 03:17 PM

Dry Yeast
 
Can I just say, that I was always a critic of dry yeast. I have started using it frequently and must say for basic styles US-05 is probably my go to anymore. Dry Yeast is so much easier to use and cheap as well. +1 for Dry Yeast. I have no clue why I was so critical of it to begin with.

estricklin 01-21-2013 03:26 PM

Ya I've never understood the dry yeast bashing thing. I use mostly liquid yeast but I keep dry yeast on hand as a back up, and I still use Notty quite often.

scottyg354 01-21-2013 03:33 PM

Honestly I would rather pitch a pack of US-05 on brew day and be done with it instead of fiddling around with a starter days before for things like Cream Ales, Pale Ales, IPA's, Brown Ales, etc. I understand maybe some of the liquid yeasts are more refined for styles like Belgians, Saisons, Barleywines, Stouts but for basics the dry is great.

unionrdr 01-21-2013 04:02 PM

Yeah,dry yeasts work well & are cheaper. Rehydrate 20-30 minutes,stir & go.

Calder 01-21-2013 04:22 PM

There is nothing wrong with decent dry yeasts. S-05 is basically the same as Wy1056, and WLP001.

I personally use liquid. I actually find it is much cheaper, and not much more effort. Last year I made about 25 batches, I bought 1 pack of yeast (Lambic Blend), used 7 different yeasts, and made maybe 5 starters.

unionrdr 01-21-2013 04:42 PM

Liquid yeast is def not cheaper than dry. you can wash & farm either one. Dry is mostle $1.99-$3.99,save for saflager having 2 at $4.49 & $4.99. Liquid runs $5.95-$6.99.

scottyg354 01-21-2013 05:45 PM

Planning a heffe this weekend. Will be my first time using WB-06.

scottyg354 01-21-2013 05:46 PM

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Originally Posted by unionrdr (Post 4809426)
Liquid yeast is def not cheaper than dry. you can wash & farm either one. Dry is mostle $1.99-$3.99,save for saflager having 2 at $4.49 & $4.99. Liquid runs $5.95-$6.99.

I would definetely think with White Labs and Wyeast you are paying for the packaging.

Jayhem 01-21-2013 05:53 PM

I have washed and reused Nottingham dry yeast 5 times before I retire it and it still makes good beer!

I think a lot of brewers just feel that since it costs more (liquid yeast) that they are somehow getting a superior product. Not true. You just have more choices with liquid, that's it. US-05 is excellent in almost all American styles.

The only time I have used liquid yeast vials or smack packs was for special beers like Belgians.

BroStefan 01-21-2013 05:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by scottyg354
Can I just say, that I was always a critic of dry yeast. I have started using it frequently and must say for basic styles US-05 is probably my go to anymore. Dry Yeast is so much easier to use and cheap as well. +1 for Dry Yeast. I have no clue why I was so critical of it to begin with.

Not that many years ago dry yeasts were very bad news - unreliable, off-favors and inconsistent. Liquid was the only option. Dry yeast is much MUCH better now. The only time I use liquid is for a specific strain not available dry.


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