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Old 09-29-2013, 11:30 PM   #1
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I'm making one gallon of California common beer. I will be using the recommended safale us 05 yeast. I do not know how much yeast to use. Can some one give me a specific amount? I have an 11.5 gram bag. As I type this I am 20 minutes into the boil. Thanks in advance

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Old 09-29-2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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Batch size?

I will assume 5 gallons. Use the entire packet and make sure to rehydrate that yeast. Using -05 for a california common is ok as long as you keep the fermentation temperatures at the low end of the yeast's range to minimize the esters that would push it out of style.

I consider a california common to have two distinct differences over amber ale: it uses lager yeast that is well suited to warmer fermentation while retaining lager characteristics AND showcases the Northern Brewer hop.

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Old 09-29-2013, 11:37 PM   #3
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One gallon. Thank for asking I edited the original question as I left that very important bit out
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One gallon. Thank for asking I edited the original question as I left that very important bit out
Well then...I haven't brewed a one gallon batch before but the whole packet would be a gross overpitch. Hopefully someone else comes along but I would think about 1/5 to 1/4 of the packet would suffice.

Is this a kit with instructions or something you created the recipe for?
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:40 PM   #5
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The Mr. Malty yeast pitching calculator has you at 20% of an 11.5 gram packet.

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Old 09-29-2013, 11:46 PM   #6
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Well then...I haven't brewed a one gallon batch before but the whole packet would be a gross overpitch. Hopefully someone else comes along but I would think about 1/5 to 1/4 of the packet would suffice. Is this a kit with instructions or something you created the recipe for?
It's a recipe from Brooklyn Homebrew, however, it's not very specific as to how much yeast ( in grams ) to pitch.
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It's a recipe from Brooklyn Homebrew, however, it's not very specific as to how much yeast ( in grams ) to pitch.
Instructions fail. Go with the advice above at 20%.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:52 PM   #8
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Am million thanks both to "hatjongguy" and "aiptasia"

Very much appreciate the advice. Will do 20 percent. I will also note the mr malty yeast tool for future reference

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Old 10-01-2013, 02:22 PM   #9
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Just curiosity, would it be detrimental in his case to pitch the entire packet?

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yes. hopefully you kept the rest, sealed and refrigerated. Use it soon. Rehydrate for best results. If you want to use it for a 5 gallon batch, make a starter. You'll be overpitching if you do and are making a beer within 1.040 and 1.060, but anything on the higher end of that scale will be just fine.
On the other hand I have pitched on to 3rd and 4th generation US05 yeast cakes (very high pitch rates at that point), and I don't dislike the beer it makes. Fermentation takes off within less than a half hour, and it's scary big. But, I digress.

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