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Old 08-24-2012, 04:06 PM   #1
Mar 2009
Dublin, Ireland
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Hi Folks,

I just have some questions about an upcoming batch of export stout I am brewing. I am using US-04. This is a 20 liter batch (8 US gallons) with an OG of 1.075. For the most part I use liquid yeast and use Mr. Malty to calculate my starter size. I notice however that even when calculating how many packets of dry yeast you will need it calculates this either by the Viability % or the manufacture date. In this case I have neither, just a best before date of Oct 2013. Is there a way around this on Mr. Malty?

Also. I plan on bottling this after around 3 weeks or so. Do you think with a beer of this strength I would need to add additional yeast at bottling?

Many thanks for your help!


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Old 08-24-2012, 04:14 PM   #2
Sep 2011
Bend, OR
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That's a big stout. I always assume my dry yeast is 100% viable, and I always use one packet for a 5-gallon batch below 1.080 or so. You could use 2 packets if you're worried, but that would be overpitching. I've made several 1.07x IPAs with this method, rehydrating or not, and always got good attenuation. Even the 8 gallon IPA I did a week ago only got one packet of Nottingham, and it took off just fine, though I should have gone with two packs for that one (or I should invest in a larger package of yeast and measure out what I need, say 16 grams). I've never had off-flavors or incomplete fermentations, but I've only been at it for a little over a year.

I've never repitched at bottling either, but I also don't secondary. My rule-of-thumb is treat everything under 1.080 the same. Not saying that's always correct, but I'm giving my yeast a lot more credit than I used to. I'm sure somebody will disagree with such flippancy, but I would say at least in terms of the viability of dry yeast you shouldn't worry about it, especially over a year out from the "good until" date.

Also, 8 gallons is 30 liters, not 20.

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