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Old 12-11-2009, 07:04 PM   #1
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Default Two packets of dry yeast?

So for my first batch, I decided to use two packets of S-04 yeast as an insurance policy. I figured, I wouldn't have as many concerns about lag time or strong enough fermentation.

I'm planning out my second batch, a porter (OG ~1.050) and was wondering if it was worth pitching two packets again.

What do you think? Is it worth ~$3 to pitch two packets? At minimum, I'll order two, in case the first packet doesn't bubble when I proof...

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Old 12-11-2009, 07:07 PM   #2
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Below 1.060 = 1 packet with a spare back up in the rare case you get a dud.
Above 1.060 = 2 packets with a spare in case lag takes more than 36 hours.

Lagers = 2 no matter what. 3 above 1.060.

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Better have a blow off tube.

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www.mrmalty.com

Sometimes 1 1/2 packets is the right pitch. Better to spend 20 seconds knowing than 2 seconds guessing
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Thanks for the quick response.

Gila, sounds like a good rule of thumb.

XXguy, I'll use the mrmalty calculator for now on, but I think it if says more than 1 packet, I'll go with 2. Can't hurt can it?

waldoar, I got lucky without a blowoff tube the first batch, but I'll definitely use one for now on.

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XXguy, I'll use the mrmalty calculator for now on, but I think it if says more than 1 packet, I'll go with 2. Can't hurt can it?
Hurt as in ruin? Not really. Keep you from making the best beer you can? Possibly.

Read up about over-pitching. Sometimes getting a fast & furious fermentation from over-pitching means that your beer might not develop all the full flavors that the recipe was intended to provide.

It's your choice what you do. Have fun with it.
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I've never had a problem with 1 packet of a Fermentis strain, and since my LHBS wants nearly as much for fermentis as a vial or smack pack, two packs gets to be a bit pricey.

I'm willing to risk it on my batches

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