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Old 12-05-2011, 10:35 PM   #1
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Default OG too high for yeast to work?

I'm currently working on my third batch of home brew so I'm still a bit new to this.

I used a chocolate porter kit, but I doubled the cocoa powder, added peanut butter powder, and 1lb of oats. Thus resulted in an OG of 1.075 when it was supposed to be about 1.051. I used Wyeast 1338 European Ale. I put the yeast in when the fluid was 67.5°... there are small bubbles in the air lock, but I don't see active bubbling about 24 hours later. Should I worry?

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Old 12-05-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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you should be fine. i assume you didn't make a yeast starter and if thats so it'll take a little longer for the yeast to get movin because of the higher gravity. give it a week or so and then check the gravity.

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Old 12-05-2011, 11:01 PM   #3
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Ok. It was a liquid yeast so out should I have been pitched from breaking the food packet in it.

Side note, the instructions said 10-12 days in the fermenter, but I'm thinking a solid 3 weeks with all the extra stuff in it? Should I have add extra yeast?

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Old 12-06-2011, 01:48 AM   #4
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You under-pitched, should have made a starter. The yeast will be stressed a bit, but may get through it. A lot of it will depend on how healthy the yeast were when they were pitched (age of pack and how they were stored). Let it go and see what happens

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yeah you underpitched a bit if you threw a liquid yeast packet right in without a starter but as calder said they'll be stressed but should ferment out. the yeast may throw a few off flavors but since its a big dark beer most of those will stay hidden

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Old 12-06-2011, 03:27 AM   #6
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Good to hear, thanks guys. So going forward I should put an additional starter with a liquid yeast pack even after it's been fully engorged on its own start food?

This is what Wyeast says on that topic, I'm hoping eveything works out on my beer....

Wyeast Laboratories. Customer Service FAQs

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yeah I always make a starter for liquid yeast unless it's 1.050 or below. wyeast and white labs both say their stuff is directly pitchable into 1.060 wort but you won't find too many experienced homebrewers that think it's best for your beer.

if starters are as annoying for you as they were for me when i started look at using dry yeast. only a few strains are available but its a lot cheaper and you don't need starters. 2 packs of us-05 (enough to directly pitch into about a 1.100 wort) are about the same as a pack of wyeast 1056 which requires the added time and expense of a starter. those 2 strains are almost identical and i use them in almost all my ales

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Great info, thanks Jester. I'll just attempt to keep my calm and give it literally a few weeks before I take its FG and hope for the best!

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Just wanted to update everyone, it started bubbling today!!

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I noticed a HUGE difference when I made a starter for the Wyeast. The bubbling is fairly violent in comparison!

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