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Old 04-11-2010, 11:19 PM   #1
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Can I just sprinkle this yeast instead of re-hydrating? Also, how long does this yeast take to start taking off? This is my 1st time using it.

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Old 04-12-2010, 12:28 AM   #2
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Some people hydrate but I think most (including myself) just sprinkle. Usually takes 24 hrs to get going good.

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Old 04-12-2010, 01:12 AM   #3
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I seem to recall that the Nottingham webpage says that rehydration is not necessary.

I always rehydrate because, well, just because. I'm sure it will make beer either way.

And yes, give it 24 hours.
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:18 AM   #4
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Used it for the first time a couple weeks ago. I did the rehydrate method and fermentation signs began appearing at around 12-14 hours and then it just took off. From what I read before using this yeast (cannot personally vouch for the accuracy, its what I read), if you just sprinkle, plan on 24 hours (or more) before seeing fermentation activity. .
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:23 AM   #5
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I've used Nottingham once before. I just dumped the dry yeast into the fermenter. Had a few inches of krausen about 36 hours later.

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Old 04-12-2010, 04:26 PM   #7
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You lose about half the yeast by sprinkling it.
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Old 04-12-2010, 06:05 PM   #8
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I've done it both ways in the last month. I rehydrated in a water with a teaspoon of sugar dissolved and let sit a few hours before pitching and +12 hours it was going good and in a full force at +18-24 hr. This weekend I just pitched dry and at +12 hr is was just starting and did not reach full force until +24-30 hrs. Incidentally, I did a 10 gal batch split between two carboys, one with Notty and the other Wyeast Denny's Favorite punch pack. The punch pack batch was going strong at + 12 hr while Notty was just getting started.

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Old 04-12-2010, 10:41 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by david_42 View Post
You lose about half the yeast by sprinkling it.
How's that?
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:50 PM   #10
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I have always rehydrated Notty.(Not saying its the "right" way just the way i do it ) Fastest I had fermentation was 4hrs. Id say 12 is normal. Make sure you use a blow off tube. Notty is a mad man

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