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Old 01-23-2013, 11:51 PM   #1
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Hello everyone! Im Brewing my first Imperial IPA with a 8.4% ABV. The recipe I'm using says to use a Yeast Energizer. Is this really needed for a Imperial? I'd rather not use chemicals for my beer. Should I add more yeast to ferment all that sugar?

Original Gravity- 1.074
Final- 1.010

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Old 01-23-2013, 11:55 PM   #2
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Yeast energizer and nutrient is almost never needed for beer. Those are things used in mead making and cider.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:58 PM   #3
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I've been known to use a pinch here and there. But required, no.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:31 AM   #4
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Ok thanks.

Now since I'll be using more sugar, Do you think I'll need more yeast to get my final gravity down that low?
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Agreed that it's not a necessity. I've never used it and I've brewed up to 13% beers.

"More yeast" is a relative term. As in one package or vial? Probably, yes. Most beers will benefit from more yeast, to a point. Many of us use starters for that purpose, as it allows us to jump start the yeast and also create more of them...which will result in a better, faster and more complete fermentation. I have gotten in the habit of always using a starter, a 1L for 5 gallons and around 1.5-2L for ten gallons. For really big beers, in the 10%+ range, sometimes I'll do a stepped starter (essentially doubling the yeast)...but my testing has showed that process to not provide as much benefit as a basic starter.

You can also use multiple packs of yeast, but if you're using the premium stuff, that can get expensive at 6-7 bucks per pack. That's why many of us do starters as well.
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:26 AM   #6
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Good to know. I'll look into making a starter.

Thanks everyone for your help.
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