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Old 02-01-2013, 08:26 PM   #11
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Is it possible to put in too much yeast, or will the extra just die off? Would it be wise to put in 2 packets just to be safe?
You can have too much yeast, but either one or two packs should work fine. Wyeast has some good information about the effects of over pitching. After fermenting this beer you will have about 3 trillion yeast cells. So whether you pitch 150 billion or 300 billion it's not much of a difference.

I also noticed that the recipe is for 6 gallons. Assuming you don't scale the recipe the cell count for that grist is about 200 billion. 5 gallons of 1.062 takes the same amount of yeast as 6 gallons of 1.052. It's really a function of the amount of sugar. If you do scale it down to 5 gallons of 1.052 then it's more like 175. So if you do scale it down, 1 package would be closer.
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:07 PM   #12
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All I did to make it easy on myself I am using 5lbs of wheat malt instead of 6lbs. Thats the only thing I did different. The OG should be 1.046 according to BeerSmith.

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Old 02-02-2013, 02:37 AM   #13
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How much water do you use when you rehydrate 1 packet?
I follow package instructions. In this case it would be:

-10x the package weight in water (11g package means 110g water)
-Water should be sterile (bottled spring water), otherwise boiled for a minute or two and cooled. In a cereal bowl would be good.
-Water should be 75-85F (80F is good)
-Sprinkle yeast evenly in 80F water in cereal bowl and cover (aluminum foil or plate)
-Let sit 15-30 minutes
-After sitting period, stir periodically for 30 minutes (every 5 minutes or so)
-Pour creamy mixture into wort (60-65F wort would be good)
-I like to give the fermenter a swirl after adding yeast
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Old 02-02-2013, 10:18 PM   #14
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I've pitched dry yeast on several batches and had no weird affects but plan to rehydrate every time moving forward. If anything it seems to start faster.

Now Wyeast smack packs I'm not a big fan of,,,,, Yet.

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Thanks everyone for all the help!

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