When to Pitch Dry Yeast? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > When to Pitch Dry Yeast?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-14-2012, 01:30 AM   #1
Hauger
Recipes 
 
Mar 2011
North Bay, CA
Posts: 51
Liked 5 Times on 2 Posts



Okay, I have a question which will seem obvious to those with experience but I don't really know the answer. I've brewed two AG batches so far (one kegged, one still in the primary). I'm using glass Carboys for fermenting. So far I've been using dry yeast without a starter as well.

Here's the thing, so far I've been cooling the wort, then pouring it into the Carboy through a funnel with a stainless screen to aid in re-oxygenating the wort. Then, I've poured in the dry yeast through the small hole and thrown on the airlock. To date it's always worked, but the yeast sits in a concentrated "pool" of dry yeast. What I've been wondering is if adding the yeast to the cooled wort in the boil kettle before pouring everything into the Carboy would (a) work, (b) make a difference by spreading the dry yeast around more, and (c) make enough of a difference that this would be the better way to do things.

Any thoughts?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 01:40 AM   #2
pcollins
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Cambridge, ON
Posts: 565
Liked 31 Times on 29 Posts


I've always added my yeast to the carboy BEFORE transferring the cooled wort in. I do the same with gelatin and hops when dry hopping. Same thing with the priming sugar when bottling.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 01:40 AM   #3
Doed
Belching Dog Brewery
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
 
Doed's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2011
Steeleville, IL
Posts: 571
Liked 55 Times on 40 Posts


Any reason why you don't hydrate the yeast first? To answer your question, i don't think it will make a difference, though some of the yeast may get caught in the strainer and not make into the fermenter. I doubt it would be enough to make a difference.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 01:43 AM   #4
jmg727
 
jmg727's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jul 2012
Chicago, IL
Posts: 116
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Are you using a three or six.five gallon carboy. I use a three gallon, and normally add about a gallon of cooled wort, pitch my yeast, shake up the carboy pretty well and then add the rest of the wort. So far so good.
__________________
You can't always get what you want, but when you find what you need, buy two of them ...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 11-14-2012, 01:45 AM   #5
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,420
Liked 7845 Times on 5497 Posts


You either want to rehydrate the yeast, OR sprinkle it gently and don't stir or otherwise mix.

Here's the basic reason why- rehydrating is ideal. The yeast will start absorbing water, through osmosis, and then it can be pitched in wort.

Alternatively, sprinkling is ok (and usually what I do). It's not ideal, and you lose a few yeast cells because instead of uptaking water, the yeast cells uptake wort. That's not enough to kill all that many, but you don't want to stir at the point as you want the yeast to rehydrate by omosis gradually. By sprinkling (not rehydrating) and then stirring or pouring the wort right away you'd be losing more yeast cells that either rehydrating or sprinkling and letting it go. I hope that makes sense.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
No yeast activity.. re-pitch yeast.. should I boil the wort again? superfknmario Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 13 10-16-2012 02:42 AM
Yeast starter - should I pitch entire thing or just yeast sediment? cincybrewer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 20 12-30-2011 10:31 PM
Yeast Starter Blowout - Is my yeast still suitable to pitch? DonnieZ Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 17 11-13-2011 07:27 PM
Do I have this correct? When I pitch my lager yeast, the yeast should be @ pitch temp jetmac Fermentation & Yeast 5 02-01-2011 03:17 PM
Yeast Starter: Pitch the whole shebang, or just the yeast cake? Tad_Porter Fermentation & Yeast 3 11-29-2010 03:57 AM


Forum Jump