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Old 03-03-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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I used US-05 for the first time on Friday. First thing I noticed is that the yeast granules were loose in the package. Is this normal? I know danstar comes in a vacuum sealed pack.

Is my loose yeast ok? So far I dont have any signs of fermentation, so my noob brain is running. You know

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Old 03-03-2013, 04:51 PM   #2
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Yes, in fact it is sometimes powder like. Did you rehydrate it? Fermentation can take up to 72 hours to be active.

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Yes, in fact it is sometimes powder like. Did you rehydrate it? Fermentation can take up to 72 hours to be active.
Yeah, I rehydrated. I have used 1056 in my last brew and it took off like a rocket. So when this is a little behind schedule I just thought I should ask. I know the danstar package says something about the product should feel firm.

Thanks for the quick help. I'll go watch some hoops
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I've gotten some like that. Others did seam to have some puffiness to them. All worked equally well rehydrated at 90F for 30 minutes. Then cool down to within 10 degrees ofcurrent wort temps to keep from shocking the yeast when stirred to a cream & pitched.

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SA-05 is always loose when I get it. No biggie. And I know it's blashamey....but screw the re-hydrating. Never had a problem (I use 05 on prbably 80% of my brews and that's well over a hundred with that yeast by now) and the article in BYO basically reinforced my laziness.

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Yes that is normal. I just used the safale us 05 is my current batch which is still in primary. I did not re-hydrate the yeast, fermentation took off in about 8 hours.

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SA-05 is always loose when I get it. No biggie. And I know it's blashamey....but screw the re-hydrating. Never had a problem (I use 05 on prbably 80% of my brews and that's well over a hundred with that yeast by now) and the article in BYO basically reinforced my laziness.
I do the same and haven't had a problem. Only used SafeAle US-05 about 5 times.
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I do the same and haven't had a problem. Only used SafeAle US-05 about 5 times.
Ditto. Although a newb, both my brews so far have used SafeAle dry yeast. Both were loose in the pouch (one with S04 and one with S05). I did not re-hydrate either and both took off within 12 hours of pitching.
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Rehydrated,I've had it take off in about 3 hours.

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Time is important to me, almost as important as simplicity of process. i do not rehydrate. If i have a big beer where i'm worried about underpitching, i am more likely to pitch 2 packs than rehydrate

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