First stout, worried about over-pitching!

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I brewed my first stout yesterday and ended-up with an OG of 1.080. I re-hydrated two 11.5g packages of SF-04, aerated with oxygen tank for 60 seconds, and pitched. I had vigorous airlock bubbles in 3 hours. Now I'm worried if I over pitched, and if so, what impact that could have?
 

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I don't think you overpitched. You can use a pitch calculator to see what it recommends - Beersmith has one, there's a website Mr. Malty that has one also. But a 1.080 beer is big and two packs of dry yeast is plenty, but not too much, in a general sense.

Edit: Just used the Beersmith calculator and it says that, assuming the yeast was two months old, that you needed 1.5 packs (11.5 g size), so you're good.
 
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I don't think you overpitched. You can use a pitch calculator to see what it recommends - Beersmith has one, there's a website Mr. Malty that has one also. But a 1.080 beer is big and two packs of dry yeast is plenty, but not too much, in a general sense.

Edit: Just used the Beersmith calculator and it says that, assuming the yeast was two months old, that you needed 1.5 packs (11.5 g size), so you're good.
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I would also have pitched two packets of S-04 for a 1.080 beer. I've been using S-04 for 2.5 to 3 gallon batches lately and I have pitched the entire pack. It takes off quickly and works great.
 

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There is almost no such thing as overpitching (within reason), just underpitching. You are in good shape with an aggressive fermentation
 

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Agreed. I can't think of any instance where I read or heard of someone pitching too much yeast and having problems. I have only read about theiretical issues with over-pitching. The only negative I can think of is an overly violent blow-off. Make sure you use a blow-off tube rather than an airlock and all will be fine.
 
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Agreed. I can't think of any instance where I read or heard of someone pitching too much yeast and having problems. I have only read about theiretical issues with over-pitching. The only negative I can think of is an overly violent blow-off. Make sure you use a blow-off tube rather than an airlock and all will be fine.
I used an airlock on a plastic bucket and yes, I am very concerned about that. I have it in a mini-fridge in the basement and every time I go down there I'm pleased that the fridge door isn't blown open! I haven't gone to the much preferred blow-off tube yet because I didn't want to have to deal with drilling the plastic bucket lid, etc. and I am going to upgrade soon to a SS fermenter. So far, the bubbler is hanging in there but the bucket lid is really bulging. In the event a blow-out happens, besides a heck of a mess, can you save whatever beer is left over?
 

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I used an airlock on a plastic bucket and yes, I am very concerned about that. I have it in a mini-fridge in the basement and every time I go down there I'm pleased that the fridge door isn't blown open! I haven't gone to the much preferred blow-off tube yet because I didn't want to have to deal with drilling the plastic bucket lid, etc. and I am going to upgrade soon to a SS fermenter. So far, the bubbler is hanging in there but the bucket lid is really bulging. In the event a blow-out happens, besides a heck of a mess, can you save whatever beer is left over?
Yes, the beer will be fine, its just a mess.

Another way to do a blowoff tube with a bucket is to use one of the airlocks that has the bell design (not the S design, the other one), remove the lid, remove the bell and put a piece of tubing directly on the stem sticking up. Then into a container partially filled with star san, and you're good to go.
 

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found this on the internet, it is what I'm trying to describe, except the airlock would be stuck straight into your bucket lid, like normal.

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found this on the internet, it is what I'm trying to describe, except the airlock would be stuck straight into your bucket lid, like normal.

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Thanks! I have one of those types also and will do that. Do you happen to know what size tubing I will need? Also, is a clamp necessary where it connects to the stem?
 

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