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Old 04-30-2014, 02:46 PM   #21
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The paper is loose in the hydrometer? That sounds weird.

Was this an extract batch? Was it a kit? If so, whatever the kit said the OG would be is likely close. Even still, if it was a Wyeast pack, no matter how large it was, there are 100 billion cells and that isn't quite enough.

If you go to this site posted below, even if you never make a starter, you can tell how many packets of yeast you need to achieve proper pitch rate.
http://www.yeastcalculator.com/

So for example, using your 1.090 number that was originally given, you need 306 billion cells. If you did use a wyeast smack pack, you need 3 packs or a starter before you brew.

boydster is correct, if you can get to another pack of yeast fast, do it. If not, let it ride. What was the beer you brewed?

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Old 04-30-2014, 02:50 PM   #22
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Simcoe IPA going to call the place I got the kit from today and see what to do


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If you wait 24+ hours from the initial pitch to add more yeast, don't bother, it will just be a waste of money. The yeast that are already present will multiply until there are enough to do the job. That extra reproduction can lead to some off-flavors, which is why it is good to check on a pitch rate calc before you add the yeast. It's not the end of the world, though - you'll still make beer and it will probably be very good. Next time you make this recipe, though, take a look at your pitch rate and if necessary, build a starter. You'll be impressed with how much your beer improves.

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Thanks boydster I do that


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Just looked at it and I got bubbles1per second


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If you wait 24+ hours from the initial pitch to add more yeast, don't bother, it will just be a waste of money. The yeast that are already present will multiply until there are enough to do the job. That extra reproduction can lead to some off-flavors, which is why it is good to check on a pitch rate calc before you add the yeast. It's not the end of the world, though - you'll still make beer and it will probably be very good. Next time you make this recipe, though, take a look at your pitch rate and if necessary, build a starter. You'll be impressed with how much your beer improves.
Don't we wish that kit instructions would convey those crucial details? And the yeast packages too.

But the process of preparing a starter could be the extra step that may deter people from purchasing that kit, and instead buy the one that doesn't mention it. I wonder how many batches have failed because of that omission.
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Old 04-30-2014, 06:09 PM   #27
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^ Kits will never be perfect. In fact, I tend to believe there are intentional omissions. I'll take my tinfoil hat off now though.

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