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Old 01-17-2013, 12:35 AM   #1
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Hi guys. I'm relatively new to brewing and still trying to avoid silly mistakes.

My friend gave me a smack-pack of wyeast belgian stout yeast. I am making some stout, so I thought I'd use it. The trouble, I just realised, is that the smack-pack is good for 5 gallons and I am only making two gallons in my little fermenter.

If I pitch half of the yeast, is there a way to save the rest until I have time to brew again? I have two fermenters. I can't do them both at once because I used all my pots. I'm brewing with all grain in an apartment. 2 gallons at a time is all I can do.

P.S. I already "smacked" it! Time is of the essence!

 
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:44 AM   #2
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What's the OG on the stout and what is the date on the smack pack. depending on these you might need the entire pack.
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:05 AM   #3
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woah, I don't know. I haven't learned to check out the gravity of wort yet. I'm not sure I will, either. I'm too lazy. I hope no-one thinks I'm being unfaithful to beer, but I am steering clear of the science stuff and just keeping notes of what I did, and whether the beer was any good or not. So far, all the beer has been good, but I don't know how much alcohol it has or anything like that.

I just pitched a package of dried yeast to be on the safe side. The smack pack wasn't showing any signs of life five hours after I smacked it. If it inflates sometime in the next few days I will make another batch of beer on Sunday. Maybe I will pitch the whole thing then. Is there a negative consequence from pitching twice as much yeast as necessary? I mean, it multiplies in the beer anyway right?

I figured after spending five hours making the wort, I'm not into experimenting with funky yeast. But I would like to not waste it.

 
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