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Old 02-10-2013, 05:40 PM   #1
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I am just curious what you guys think is best and why? I've been using dry yeast since I started in December (4 batches total) but used a liquid yeast the other day. Only down side was that the liquid yeast kind of blew up in my hands when I opened it.


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Old 02-10-2013, 05:47 PM   #2
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I prefer the liquid yeast when used with a starter. It does have tendance to blow up. You just need to crack the top slowly to let the CO2 out to prevent that.

Dry yeast is good too. I use it for specific recipes like blondes and ciders. I like Nottingham a lot.


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Dry yeast is easy to store and works well in a lot of beers but quite a few will be better if the proper strain of yeast is used and the number of strains of dry yeast is more limited. You might make a hundred different beers with dry yeast and be happy with all of them but for a specific style of beer it would not have the right flavor profile.
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:00 PM   #4
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There are many good dry yeasts available, but they are somewhat limited to certain styles. There is a much bigger selection of liquid yeasts.

Some styles you are pretty much limited to liquid yeasts.

For certain styles I often uses dry, if a good choice is available.
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I use dry yeast for most ales. there's enough ale strains to usually have one for the beer I'm making, but occasionally I want a specific yeast and have to use liquid. to make a real kolsch for example, you need kolsch yeast. there is no dry kolsch yeast, but both White Labs and Wyeast carry it.

for lagers, I like liquid. I have only tried s-23 for dry lager yeast, and didn't like it. the liquid strains have been better. There are a couple other dry lager yeasts, but they are almost as expensive as the liquid, and I know I like the liquid, so haven't bothered trying them.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:17 PM   #6
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I've been using dry yeast till I made a "real" starter with WLP029 German ale/kolsh yeast. That was Friday,& it's just this morning starting to settle out so I can decant most of the 800mL starter. I'm going to use it in my Hopped & Confused ale V2. A light colored pale ale that thinks it's a light lager. I'm not having high hopes for V1. It had yet to settle out crystal clear,but had a slighly sweet,white wine quality to it. But that was all NZ hops & Cooper's ale yeast.
I changed the hops & yeast in V2 to see if that improves the lot with the same grains & DME's. The yest alone should be a big improvement.
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Hope your hand and vial was sanitized well. I did the same thing even opening it slowy,apparantly not slow enough. I had a few slowly infected batches from doing that, that were still good, I just put them in the fridge faster than all of my beer which I normally just leave in my basement and pull out random batches to drink and to check on any potential overcarbonation going on,to keep it safe.
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Neither is better than the other. They both have their purposes. Form most general purpose beers a standard dry ale yeast if fine...like for 99% of the beers. Liquid yeasts have more strains. And most of them are for specific styles of beer. The reason those don't come dry is simply because those strains can't survive the drying process.

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Is a starter mandatory for liquid yeast? Is there a way to make a starter without a stir plate? I have been using dry yeast because I don't have the equipment to make a starter.
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Is a starter mandatory for liquid yeast? Is there a way to make a starter without a stir plate? I have been using dry yeast because I don't have the equipment to make a starter.
Both Wyeast and White Labs claim there are enough yeast cells in their product to ferment a 1.050 (I think) 5 gallon batch without making a starter. Others have questioned that and claim much more is needed.

A stir plate will give you the best results but putting the yeast into starter wort and shaking it every time you walk by will be OK.


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