Originally Posted by newbrewcandl
Okay so I'm a total newb at this how do you Hydrate and Pitch yeast do we need to boil it then add it?
No, never boil yeast. If you're doing a standard packet of dry yeast boil about 4oz of water (actually about 5-6 oz to boil down to 4oz) and let cool covered until it gets to about 85-90 degrees. Make sure you use tap or spring water and never distilled or osmosis water.
Once you hit that temp on the boiled sterile water pour the dry packet of yeast on top of the water and don't stir. Just let it sit on top of the water for about 15 minutes. After that, stir it gently with a sterilized spoon (I use plastic chop stick!) and let it sit for another 5 minutes.
Now, as long as it's roughly the same temp as your cider or wort (room temp) you can toss it in on top of your cider or wort in the fermenting bucket and stir.
Or, since dry yeast doesn't need
to be re-hydrated you could also just sprinkle it on top of your cider (or wort) close the lid ad your air lock and wait. I like to hydrate to speed up the initial process but to each his own. If it ferments in the end, who cares.