Originally Posted by KilhavenBrew
I usually buy different yeast than WhiteLabs.f Wyeast and dry. I bought a white labs vial and noticed two things. Anyone know the answers please?
1. It is less than half full with the goo at the bottom which looks like light brown clay. This is the yeast. Is it only supposed to be less than half full? Maybe 45% full of the yeast.
2. The rest of the liquid is pretty clear, and obviously seperated. Anyone know what that liquid is?
1 because I want to know I have enough yeast. 2 just because I am curious.
The amount of yeast you need depends on the OG of your beer and the age of that yeast. You likely need a starter. The "goo" in the bottom is the yeast, the rest is just wort. When you are ready to use, shake to resuspend the yeast, wait a few minutes and then pitch (probably into a starter).