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Old 04-03-2008, 07:01 PM   #1
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I'm looking into my 3rd batch of homebrew, from AHS. Some of the bigger beers I've been looking at have a double yeast pitching option on the kit. It says something like AHS recommends double pitching the yeast. Is this necessary, or would making a starter eliminate the need for double pitching?

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Old 04-03-2008, 07:41 PM   #2
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making the starter saves 6$

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If you're not concerned about $, and are not using a 'specialty' yeast(i.e. liquid), just by two packs of dry and throw 'em in. I do it all the time with Safale-05. Works great.

With liquid yeast, I believe that the best option(and the one most here would recommend) is to take the time to make a starter.

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+1 for the starter.

It also makes you feel like a mad scientist while you do it, especially if you build your own stir plate.

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Try scooping out a coffee cup full of trub from a previous batch of beer and adding that in addition to your yeast. Whatch how fast that one takes off. Be sure to use a blow of hose!

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Try scooping out a coffee cup full of trub from a previous batch of beer and adding that in addition to your yeast. Whatch how fast that one takes off. Be sure to use a blow of hose!
Only if the yeast is the same strain. You don't want to mix and match yeasts normally - usually one strain will outcompete the other.
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