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Old 02-11-2010, 03:37 PM   #1
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Default Bavarian Hefeweizen Yeast Concerns

Hi all,

I originally posted this in extract brewing, but figured it made more sense to post here.

I made a Bavarian Hefeweizen Extract from Northern Brewer yesterday and I think there might be an issue with the yeast. I direct pitched the dry yeast at 80 degrees F and the room temp is a steady 60 degrees F.

The last few beers I did with dry yeast I direct pitched at the same temps and had no problems at all. In fact, they took off almost right away. Those beers were all ales though.

Its been 24 hours now and there is absolutely no activity going on in there. I know I should have patience but my main concern is that the yeast has already settled at the bottom. Being that this is a hefe, should I be seeing this much settlement at all let alone this early?

The yeast description says "Quick start and vigorous fermentation" and "Medium to high attenuation Non-flocculent strain". So this is why Im concerned.

Suggestions?

here is the yeast:
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...eer-yeast.html

here is the kit:
http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewin...act-kit-2.html

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Old 02-11-2010, 03:43 PM   #2
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Be patient, give it a good swirl every hour or so.

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1. A Hefeweizen is an ale
2. Different yeasts act differently
3. 24 hour lag time is nothing. You should have delayed any concern and this post another 3 days.

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You're experiencing "lag time". If you made a starter several days ago and pitched it while active you'd be making beer by now.

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You're experiencing "lag time". If you made a starter several days ago and pitched it while active you'd be making beer by now.
He's using dry yeast. Rehydrate yes.
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There have been some issues with Danstar Munich lately. I had a batch that would not ferment, and there have been some other threads on the subject.

Wonder if Danstar had a bad batch, like they did with Nottie a while back?

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There have been some issues with Danstar Munich lately. I had a batch that would not ferment, and there have been some other threads on the subject.

Wonder if Danstar had a bad batch, like they did with Nottie a while back?
wow, im reading all over now about people having major issues with not only danstar alone, but that yeast in particular. I have a feeling that this yeast is no good. I've never had to wait this long.

I dont have any other yeast that is made particularly for hefes but i do have an extra packet of regular old safbrew us-05. Any thoughts of re pitching with this yeast if things don't get better?
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well, if i do decide to repitch with the us-05, i found that the northern brewer American Wheat Beer Extract Kit is very similar to the Bavarian Hefeweizen Kit and used the us-05. I guess I'll have an american style Hefe at that point. Thoughts?

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well, if i do decide to repitch with the us-05, i found that the northern brewer American Wheat Beer Extract Kit is very similar to the Bavarian Hefeweizen Kit and used the us-05. I guess I'll have an american style Hefe at that point. Thoughts?
Give it 72 hours.
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add some more of the same yeast... rehydrate at 90-95F for 15 minutes and pitch.

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