How long is too long to wait to pitch yeast? - Home Brew Forums
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > How long is too long to wait to pitch yeast?
Cool Brewing Corny 5G & Mini Giveaway
Sign-up To NEW HBT Article Newsletter - Brewing Articles Direct To You!

Thread Tools
Old 06-20-2013, 10:07 PM   #1
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Lebanon, Oregon
Posts: 94
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default How long is too long to wait to pitch yeast?

Yesterday I brewed my first double batch, a robust porter and an American amber. Using the same yeast for both. I usually make my starter the night before I brew. Didn't get home in time Tuesday night to get it done, so I got up early Wednesday morning and mixed up the starter and got it going on the stir plate. By the time both batches were done the starter wasn't quite ready.

I sealed up both batches into carboys and let them sit overnight while the yeast did it's work in the starter. Pitching it today.

My question is: How long is too long to wait before I pitch yeast? I know that you want the yeast in there doing its thing before other beasties can take over, but what is your window?

On tap: All taps blown.....
In Primary: SMaSH blonde, porter, Wit, American pale ale, and spiced cider

In Secondary:Westy 12 clone
5B-brewing is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2013, 01:09 AM   #2
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Fort Davis, Texas
Posts: 212
Liked 22 Times on 16 Posts
Likes Given: 133


I don't know how long is too long but I do know what you did is fine. I've waited longer than that with no problems.

jungatheart is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2013, 08:33 AM   #3
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: , Australia
Posts: 606
Liked 33 Times on 28 Posts
Likes Given: 8


Cubing the wort is very common practice here in Australia - google NO CHILL BREWING.

Wort is not chilled in the kettle but put directly into 20L plastic storage containers which of course have been sanitized. The very hot wort also serves to keep everything sanitary, cubes are filled and it is sealed up so no air in the container. It is not uncommon to store wort like this for months until need for fermentation.
Secret is fill the containers to brim with very hot wort and there is no worry about contamination.
el_caro is offline
jungatheart Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2013, 09:08 AM   #4
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Chicago, IL
Posts: 1,962
Liked 259 Times on 195 Posts
Likes Given: 284


Your asking how long will it take to get infected? In a perfect world, never. In this world something is going to eat that sugar, it's coming like a freight train.
mikescooling is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2013, 11:18 AM   #5
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Va Beach, VA
Posts: 2,118
Liked 127 Times on 119 Posts
Likes Given: 82


I've gone about 36 hours w/ no problems.
Piratwolf: "I've heard that Belgian Blondes can be "panty droppers" but they're not particularly high IBU nor cheap."

jmendez29: Haha! I get it! :ban:
Wait. You're not talking about beer, right?
You're talking about beer. That could have been a whole lot more fun.
Piratwolf is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 06-22-2013, 11:54 AM   #6
djt17's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Central MN
Posts: 792
Liked 56 Times on 49 Posts
Likes Given: 709


My last dozen batches or so have all been pitched 12 - 18 hrs after flame out. But, they have been in a corny. No problems.

djt17 is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how long can I wait to pitch yeast kshuler Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 18 06-01-2015 07:36 PM
How long can i wait to pitch? dg35884 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 02-05-2013 10:46 PM
Spilled my Yeast! How long can I wait to pitch? blahjovic Fermentation & Yeast 4 11-12-2012 03:51 AM
first lager, how long can i wait to pitch yeast? nootay Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 12-12-2011 02:31 AM
how long can I wait to pitch on yeast cake? wworker Mead Forum 7 09-26-2011 01:57 AM

Forum Jump