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Old 02-25-2013, 04:08 PM   #1
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I am curious how many of you use yeast nutrient at the end of the boil? Does it really help?


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Old 02-25-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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I never have. I know people who do, but I can't tell the difference side by side. I always get great performance from my yeast without it.


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Old 02-25-2013, 04:16 PM   #3
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I just started using yeast nutrient in my last two batches. I have noticed a significant difference in how active my fermentation is since I have been using it.
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:36 PM   #4
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i've used Wyeast's nutrient ever since my first batch, so i don't have any non-nutrient batches to compare to. i've never had a stalled fermentation, my FG is always where it should be, etc. obviously this is due to many factors but i believe the nutrients are part of the equation.

the stuff is really cheap - a tube cost $3-4 and lasts me over a year. there is no downside to using it, and it can only help.

for me, the question is why not use it?!? seems like a no-brainer!
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:02 PM   #5
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I think in general, malt has all the nutrients that yeast need (the exact mineral content in your malt will depend on where/how it was grown). Yeast nutrient certainly won't hurt anything, but probably isn't necessary. Cider or wine might be another story.

I usually put a pinch in with my starters, or towards the end of the boil for a really high OG beer. It makes me feel good but it's probably not doing anything noticeable.
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Use to use it, then I ran out and brewed without it. Didn't notice a bit of difference so I never bought anymore. IMO, it's a waste of time and money.
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I'll toss in a tablespoon of bakers yeast into the boil for big beers, but apart from that, I don't really in beer. Wines and meads always get a staggered nutrient addition, including plenty in the initial must.


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