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Old 06-09-2008, 09:31 PM   #1
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Ok, I use only dry yeast (nottingham, etc). I usually end up pitching when the wort is about 80-90*F. This is because I don't have a chiller, and just put my brewpot into the sink (cold water bath) to chill. I can get it down to 90 or so in 1/2 hour, but I get impatient after that, and put it into the carboy, then pitch, figuring that if I'm hydrating the yeast in 100*F water, that it can handle going into 90*F wort.

What do you pitch at?
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:34 PM   #2
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I pitch at fermentation temperature, though I do rehydrate my yeast in ~85-90F water. I get minimal lag time so it can't affect the yeast much.
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:34 PM   #3
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I usually try to get down to 62-64F before pitching Nottingham's.

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Old 06-09-2008, 09:34 PM   #4
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I usually pitch to high 70's. Then in the winter when my faucet water is cooler going thru my counter flow chiller it is cooler.

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Old 06-10-2008, 01:40 PM   #5
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The closer to your yeast's fermentation range the better. Too high a fermentation temp is going to give you off flavors (ie. fusel alcohols, which will give you a rippin' headache) and the wort tends to pick up temperature as the yeast becomes more active as well.

For ales I pitch at around 65°. For lagers I try to get the wort to about 45-50° before pitching.

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Old 06-10-2008, 02:13 PM   #6
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70-75 degrees

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Old 06-10-2008, 02:24 PM   #7
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Pitching above 80F is a bad idea. By the time it gets started, it will never want to drop down under 70F due to the thermal output of fermentation.
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Old 06-10-2008, 02:34 PM   #8
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I pitch in the low to mid 70's. Once I get my wort chilled to that point it takes way too long to get it any cooler.
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Old 06-10-2008, 02:58 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by bradsul View Post
I pitch at fermentation temperature, though I do rehydrate my yeast in ~85-90F water. I get minimal lag time so it can't affect the yeast much.
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Old 06-10-2008, 04:00 PM   #10
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Due to the fact that I live in a very warm climate I've begun lowering my pitch temps, as most of the off flavors are produced during the beginning of fermentation. I pitch my ales @52/55 and lagers about 45 and let them ramp up to desired temps over a day or so

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