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Old 12-13-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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Default Adding additional yeast to a Dubbel during secondary fermentation

Hey all. So I am currently fermenting my first Belgian Dubbel (yay!). When I was picking up the supplies at my LHBS the (generally very knowledgeable) guy that works there said that I should re-pitch a small amount of yeast when I transfer to secondary. He said like a 4th of a smack pack. However, I did some research and apparently the internet is silent on the issue. I was wondering if anyone has heard of this, or done this in the past. I would love any help you could give me. Thanks all.

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Old 12-13-2012, 04:02 PM   #2
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Haven't brewed a Dubbel yet, but I was under the impression you wanted fermentation to be over with before moving to secondary, so not sure of the purpose of adding additional yeast, unless Dubbel's have a knack for killing off yeast somehow. Secondary fermentation I think is a bit of a misnomer in itself, it's just a secondary vessel to aid in clearing and flavor additions, as far as I knew. I can't imagine it will do anything bad to it, but it sounds like you'd be wasting a smack pack.

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Those were kind of my thoughts. I just took my first hydrometer reading and it is right where I want it to be. So I will probably not be adding more yeast unless anyone else has experience or information that says otherwise.

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That's one of my favorite styles. I have never pitched twice while making it. If you areate well. (shaking, not rocking, the bucket for 40 seconds works for me) there should be no need for a second pitch.

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