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Old 09-19-2006, 02:42 PM   #1
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I'm a new home brewer and have brewed and bottled my first batch and have a second in primary fermentation. I was just wondering about adding dry yeast. On my first batch, I just added it straight from the package. On the second batch, I started the yeast the night before. Is there a preference when using dry yeast? Is there any advantages to starting the yeast the night before? Does anyone have a "special" technique?

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I use mostly dry yeast, but I never add it directly. For my 1st batch, I followed the hydration instructions from Palmer. For my batches now, I hydrate well in advance (4 hours or so) with cooled boiled DME and water, and let the yeast get going a little. I normally have action within 6 hours. For the times that I use liquid, I always do a full starter a couple days in advance. I also normally pitch 2 packets of dry, as opposed to 1. Costs a little more, but I have never had an issue with lack of fermentation.

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It's always advantagious to make a starter, even if it is just over-night. That said, I hydrate & pitch dry yeasts per the instructions, because it's worked well and is about as easy as things get.

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On the other hand, I've never hydrated a dry yeast (which is mostly what I use, except for special bews like a hefe) - I just get the temperature in the primary about right and sprinkle it all over the top. No stirring, no special effort except to spread it around as if I was seasoning the wort. Never had a failure yet.

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I've only followed Palmer's instructions for rehydrating and have had fermentation within 12 hours.

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Thank you for the advice.

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