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Old 03-12-2010, 03:02 AM   #1
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Default Dry yeast vs. liquid

Just wondering I have always bought my extract kits with the dry yeast. Is there a huge different in taste or is it subtle? Is it one of those things that once you go liquid it's like why the heck would you go back to dry?

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Old 03-12-2010, 03:24 AM   #2
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I use dry quite a bit. I like the fact that I can just pitch like 2-3 packets for my 1.100+ beers and be done with it. No screwing around with making starters, etc. Liquid yeasts have more variety, which is their big benefit. If you want something particular like a specific lager, belgian, etc yeast... its available. You only get like ~15 choices with the dry stuff.. but I don't think its an inferior product. In many wants its superior.

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Old 03-12-2010, 12:25 PM   #3
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The ease of using dry yeast is wonderful. There are just a lot more varieties of liquid that impart different flavors and have different characteristics.

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Done both. Like the Dry because of ease.....Also seems to kick that SG down where I want it...

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There are more and better dry yeasts than before.
Dry yeast is less expensive and more convenient.

But, if there isn't a dry yeast with the exact characteristics I'm looking for, then I'll use a liquid yeast.

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Old 03-12-2010, 01:10 PM   #6
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I have used both but I prefer the liquid. You can make good beers with both but I feel my beers are better when I use the liquid. You need to try both and see what works for you the brewer.

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I have no preferance to one or the other, I will use whichever yeast best fits the style I am going for. Sometimes I go with the less expensive dry yeast if it is comparable to the liquid.

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Personally I prefer liquid yeast. Sometimes it's a pain to plan ahead by making a starter, but I have yet to have a problem with fermentation. Plus the vials just look cool.

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I just started using dry. I like it because it's cheap, and I couldn't tell the difference. I think in the future if the beer has specific characteristics that need a more specialized yeast (belgians and big beers) I would spend the extra $4 to make sure I get what I want.

I've been using safale though and they seem to have more and more options and the beers I've made with them have turned out great.

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Lets say you are making an IPA. The dominant flavor here is the hops, not the yeast. Use something like US-05 and save yourself the hassle and money. If you are making a belgian golden, I would highly suggest getting belgian golden yeast! Plain and simple.

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