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Old 10-14-2008, 11:58 PM   #1
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I made a Pale Ale in which I made a yeast slurry in a pint of warm (+/- 95 degrees F) water before pitching into the wort. Today I made a Porter in which I pitched dry yeast directly into the cooled wort and stirred it up. Could I have done both beers either way? How does making a yeast slurry differ from throwing the yeast on top of the wort and stirring it in?

 
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:56 AM   #2
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You could have just pitched both in dry but re-hydrating in watter is better for the yeast. Happy yeast make beer better.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:23 AM   #3
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always rehydrate your dry yeasts before pitching.

 
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:37 AM   #4
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always rehydrate your dry yeasts before pitching.
I didn't rehydrate my dry yeast for my most recent batch and it seemed to get started just fine. Not nearly as fast as my liquid yeast starter but it is going strong.

 
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:45 AM   #5
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i didn't say it wouldn't work if you don't rehydrate. rehydrating dry yeast is just good common sense. it prevents the dry dormant yeast from being shocked when it hits the sugar. brewing better beer is about improving your techniques and practices on the margins. if you rehydrate your dry yeast before pitching it will ferment healthier and faster.

 
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:30 PM   #6
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rehydrating dry yeast is just good common sense.
I don't know if it's common sense, but Jamil makes a compelling case in his podcast for rehydrating in warm tap water.

 
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