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Old 01-20-2011, 11:50 PM   #1
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Is it advisable to proof the yeast you will be using to make your beer?

I make a lot of bread, and when you make bread, yeast *must* be proofed with warm water and some sugar before hand, otherwise it won't rise at all.

Is this the same for beer? I have just put my first bunch into bottles and my second bunch into a secondary carboy, and both of them I used dry yeast in them. The first was a Muntons continental lager kit, and the other was just some liquid extract, hops, and yeast. I proofed both of those yeasts for a few mnutes until it was foamy while the wort cooled off.

Is proofing the yeast going to give off flavours or anything weird? I can't see any reason why proofing wouldn't be a good idea, but thought I should ask anyways if the yeast is better off sitting in the fermenter a bit first before starting to multiply/eat.

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:03 AM   #2
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I suggest this thread for an answer. Hope this helps.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/proo...starter-38918/
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Old 01-21-2011, 12:43 AM   #3
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Thanks.

Seems like me proofing with table sugar is a bad idea. I will only re-hydrate from now on.

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