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Old 09-04-2009, 03:52 AM   #1
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I just recd the ingredients today for an IPA I hope to brew Monday. When I went to put the yeast in the refridge I found a packet of yeast that has been in there for a couple months. I think it should be viable. The one in my fridge is a Brit Ale and the one I just bought is a Brit Ale 2.
In a strange twist, I will out of town Fri, Sat and Sun until late so I really won't be able to make a proper starter. So, would it be ok to pitch both yeasts? I know this if fine if you are pitching 2 packets of the same yeast, but what about pitching two different types of yeast?

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Old 09-04-2009, 04:44 AM   #2
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According to what I have read both yeasts will start fermenting out, but eventually one yeast will win out over the other and take over the fermentation process.. Kind of a survival of the fittest scenario...

I had done the something similar with one of my brews and got OK results, but in the long run I think I wasted my money and would have been better off pitching a starter made from one yeast, or just pitching one package of Wyeast activator..

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Old 09-04-2009, 04:46 AM   #3
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You'll be fine. I pitch two different types of yeast for a few of my house brews and it works out great. Sort of like a little bit of both worlds.

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+1 you'll be fine. I just made an ten gallon imperial stout with WLP Dry English and WLP001 California. Made a starter for the dry english and pitched the california from the vial.

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Old 09-04-2009, 05:30 PM   #5
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Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll try it and see how it goes.

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Old 09-04-2009, 05:55 PM   #6
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A few months ago I brewed 10 gallons and I thought I had enough Nottingham... but I didn't. So I added bread yeast to the Notty I did have, and it turned out fine.

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Old 09-04-2009, 06:12 PM   #7
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A few months ago I brewed 10 gallons and I thought I had enough Nottingham... but I didn't. So I added bread yeast to the Notty I did have, and it turned out fine.
I would never recommend using bread yeast for beer. It just isn't right.
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Prior to 1883, before a pure culture was isolated, that's how it was always done, and they made fine beer. But not with bread yeast!

Yeast strain selection - Google Books

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I've pitched Safale 05 and Notty together. Turned out great.

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