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Old 05-03-2012, 12:36 AM   #1
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Hey everyone,

I've read directions about rehydrating before pitching yet I've seen videos and read where people just pitch it into the wort straight from the packet. Any advice? I've always rehydrated.

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Old 05-03-2012, 12:40 AM   #2
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I've done both and could not really tell much difference. Re-hydrating should get the fermentation to start a little quicker though.


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Old 05-03-2012, 12:42 AM   #3
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I am a lazy brewer..... I just sprinkle it on dry and it works everytime
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I've done both and could not really tell much difference. Re-hydrating should get the fermentation to start a little quicker though.
Same here. Worked just as well pitching it dry as it did rehydrating it. I won't bother rehydrating it in the future.

ETA: Last batch I made by just tossing in the corny was within 5 points of FG in 3 days. @ 66 deg F

I let it go 2 weeks regardless.
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Ok awesome thanks a ton. I'm going to be leaving it in primary for about 3 weeks anyway I think so I'm not worrying about the yeast being a tad sluggish. I just wanted to make sure my laziness wasn't going to screw up my 5 gallons tonight!
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:54 AM   #6
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I think rehydration is the way to go. I boil 4 oz water and put into a sanitized container while steeping grains and let it cool covered with plastic wrap, also sanitized, while brewing. After my last hop/Irish moss addition at the last 15 minutes I put the yeast in the water, now less than 80 degrees and let it sit. After I put the chiller to the wort (15-20 minutes later) I stir the yeast mixture for a few minutes. I stir every chance I get until pitching time. This culminates into a fermentation that will nearly bring a tear to your eye.

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Here I am all excited about getting to bed 45 minutes earlier and along comes wilsojos making me feel all guilty....

Haha just kidding. I'll see how I feel come pitching time.
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Haha, I still consider myself a noob, so take it with a grain of salt and go to bed with a clear conscience.
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I just toss it in, no issues so far.
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I pretty noob-ish as well compared to most on here. But I also would recommend rehydrating. I brew almost all my beers with the 05 and I rehydrate. The basic consensus is that rehydrating ensures you get most all of the 230 billion cells in each pack. I have read more than once that you can expect about half of that when pitching it dry.

Plus, after you do it once or twice, it's really no more work than pitching dry. I actually just use tap water at 75-80 degrees into a sanitized container with sanitized lid. I know my water must not be too nasty because I never used to boil my water for top offs when I brewed with a smaller kettle.

A good and healthy fermentation with little to know lag time can only be a good thing, right?



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