Originally Posted by bigtuna101
Question ever mix yeast strains for new favors? Sorry prob noob question. Or do u stay with a single strain no matter what?
When I first started doing Mr. Beer kits I used to chuck in the Mr.Beer yeast along with the pack of Safale S-04 just for good measure. I think in that type of scenario the greater volume of S-04 would have been the dominant strain, as far as flavours, aromas and whatnot, and the lesser volume of Mr.Beer yeast probably wouldn't have managed to contribute much, if anything, in those departments, other than just being there at the party.
After a few brews like this I eventually realized that one pack of the Safale (11.5g) was more than enough for a healthy fermentation and that I was probably better chucking the Mr. Beer yeast into the boil at the last 5 to 10 minutes so that it'd become a yeast nutrient for the S-04.
Never really thought about using two different good strains of yeast to mix and pitch, as it just makes things more expensive, but I suppose it is plausible. Might have to be careful in selecting which ones to combine.