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Old 01-20-2009, 07:21 PM   #1
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Ferment twice as fast? Or does it throw off the taste of wine?

Just wondering, the GF picked up two packets of the same red star yeast by accident and I dont think the yeast will last long enough for our next batch in the fridge and I hate to see it go to waste
Apfelwein- 5 gallons aging
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Cranberry-5 gallons in secondary

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Old 01-20-2009, 07:39 PM   #2
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Mostly using 2 packets of yeast in 1 5 or 6 gallon batch does 2 things: increase the initial yeast population, which means the optimal colony population will be reached in about 1/2 the usual time; the effect on fermentation time with this is negligible. The 2nd thing it does is cost more money. You can increase the culture population simply by using a yeast starter, it costs about a quarter to mix one up. I always use a yeast starter.

I've used Red Star Premire Cuvee dry yeast that sat in my fridge for a whole year & had zero problems with it. As always, I used a yeast starter. A yeast starter can save you the trouble of wondering if your yeast is still viable or not; for the cost of a little sugarwater & maybe a pinch of nutrients, you know if it's still good in about 20 minutes or so. Hope you find this info useful, GF.

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Old 01-20-2009, 07:54 PM   #3
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If it is dry yeast it will continue to be viable for more than a year if you keep it sealed and dry.
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