Overpitching yeast - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Overpitching yeast

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-27-2013, 11:58 AM   #1
rynoryan
Recipes 
 
Feb 2013
Posts: 69
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts



I've been reading these forums a lot and am trying to learn as much as possible. I've noticed some of you guys have mentioned over pitching yeast. I did a search and can't find anything specifically stating how that affects the outcome of the beer. Could someone please explain what that will do exactly? I'm very curious about this as I look to prevent as many mistakes as possible.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2013, 12:14 PM   #2
novahokie09
Recipes 
 
Aug 2012
Centreville, VA
Posts: 188
Liked 33 Times on 17 Posts


Over pitching is pretty hard to do, unintentionally. It generally occurs when you pitch on top of an old yeast cake.

Common results of over pitching include reduced ester formation, faster fermentation times (due to less growth), thin body and potential off flavors from unhealthy yeasts.

Best bet is to chose an online yeast calculator you like, and try to pitch the target cells. Wyeast offers one, and you have yeastcalc and MrMalty too to determine the optimal pitching rate based on beer gravity and volume.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2013, 12:17 PM   #3
kombat
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Oct 2009
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 5,443
Liked 1947 Times on 1227 Posts


Underpitching is vastly more problematic than overpitching. Given the choice, I would much rather overpitch than underpitch.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2013, 12:48 PM   #4
RatchetBrews
Recipes 
 
Mar 2013
Knoxville, TN
Posts: 52
Liked 7 Times on 6 Posts


I always pitch big and never had problems. I typically make step starters and pitch between 4000- 5000 ml for anything from a 10 gallon to 30 gallon batch.

"If you're having yeast problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a pitch ain't one."

NordeastBrewer77 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2013, 02:34 PM   #5
rynoryan
Recipes 
 
Feb 2013
Posts: 69
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts


Good info thanks guys

 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-27-2013, 02:42 PM   #6
NordeastBrewer77
NBA Playa
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
NordeastBrewer77's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Apr 2011
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Posts: 7,881
Liked 1084 Times on 788 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by RatchetBrews View Post
"If you're having yeast problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but a pitch ain't one."
LoLz!
__________________
The Polk Street Brewery

Brewin' 'n' Que'n - YouTube Shenanigans

Quote:
Originally Posted by yeoitsmatt View Post
can i drink this? I mean. Im gunna. But is it fine?
Quote:
Originally Posted by yeoitsmatt View Post
it's not a barley wine. it's an ale.
Quote:
Originally Posted by bottlebomber View Post
Have you seen the price of ketchup lately? And I'm not talking Heinz.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Avoiding overpitching yeast and why? mdawson9 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12 10-30-2012 12:48 PM
What are some of the signs of overpitching yeast? msa8967 Fermentation & Yeast 0 08-04-2012 04:05 PM
Affects of overpitching yeast permo General Techniques 8 09-15-2011 10:09 AM
Overpitching yeast? jmendez29 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 09-13-2009 04:45 PM
Possible Overpitching of yeast TxSpyderBrew Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 02-18-2009 01:08 PM


Forum Jump