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Old 01-05-2011, 03:23 AM   #1
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Default How much dry yeast for smaller batches?

Yes, yes, I've read the threads on dry vs. liquid, but this is a legit question/point. I don't want to buy a whole packet of liquid yeast and try to keep the leftover somehow , so the question is, if I'm making a smaller batch (say 2 gallons) how much of that dry yeast should I really use.

I haven't paid attention to this part of my brewing, so I just assumed drop the whole thing in....no?

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Old 01-05-2011, 03:32 AM   #2
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Yes, the whole thing.

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I brew 2.5 gallon batches, and I have been using 11.5 oz. packs of Fermentis Safale US-05 mostly. Since one pack has enough yeast for 5g I use half a pack. I generally eyeball it. I have not had any problems with it. Most of the literature shows that it should enough yeast. I just fold the pack and staple it and store it in fridge.

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dry is cheap enough so i drop the whole thing. if it's expensive dry, like saflager 34/70. i harvest. otherwise, it's around $2-3, so who cares.

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Is over pitching a problem, or at this small amount it doesn't harm anything?

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Is over pitching a problem, or at this small amount it doesn't harm anything?
Well, to be somewhat of a noob, I wouldn't know if I'm over-pitching. I mean...it's always ended up being beer
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Well, to be somewhat of a noob, I wouldn't know if I'm over-pitching. I mean...it's always ended up being beer
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/index.php/Overpitching

and to help you find the right pitch rate:
http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html

Basically, overpitching means putting in too much yeast. They then don't go through the reproduction cycle necessary to produce certain important flavors. Do a quick search here for overpitching to learn more.
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