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Old 01-21-2013, 04:17 PM   #1
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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.
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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.

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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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