Originally Posted by popeye14
I am brewing a five gallon batch in a six gallon carboy. I see a little bubbling but not much yeast activity. I used a dry yeast and poured in on top of the wart , most of it sat on top for a little while . Should I have stirred it ? I didnt know I should've rehydrate the yeast. I temp was 68 when I pitched. The SG was 1.045 right where it was supposed to be . I never used dry yeast before not sure what to do . Any help would be appreciated .
don't stir dry yeast after you pour it in; it'll eat it's way down.
rehydrating? ongoing debate. yes, it helps, but doesn't make or break the fermentation.
68 degrees? perfect for most ale yeasts, but can't say without knowing the type
1.045? 1 pack can handle it easily
let it go. it may be an old pack of yeast. did you just remove it from the fridge and pitch? if so, let it warm up first, at least. it should be ok, with a little extra fermentation time