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ryno1ryno

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What happens if one were to put 5 gallons worth (1 vile) of yeast into a 2.5 gallon batch of wort?

I did add extra malt and extra LME.

Add a cup of sugar for more Alcohol?
 

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1 vial isn't always the right amount for a 5 gallon batch so it's not always going to be twice the amount you need for a 2.5 gallon batch. It depends on the gravity of the wort as well as the amount.

What's the gravity of your 2.5 gal batch?
 

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The amount you pitched was intended for a 5GAL batch? I don't think much will happen. The yeast you pitched would just consume the available sugars and then go dormant. I think I'd be more concerned about the additional sugars added to the smaller volume of wort. I think it would taste weird.
 
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Well... doing a steep can be time consuming. All for a Mr Beer keg. I now see why people ramp up to 5 gallons. Spending all that time babysitting the pot, you may as well do 5 gallons worth so you can keep the frequency down.

I need a beer slave. Someone will cook my recipes.
 

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Well... doing a steep can be time consuming. All for a Mr Beer keg. I now see why people ramp up to 5 gallons. Spending all that time babysitting the pot, you may as well do 5 gallons worth so you can keep the frequency down.

I need a beer slave. Someone will cook my recipes.
Wait til you go all-grain. Your comments will go to, 5gallons isn't QUITE worth it, I might as well do 10.


HAHAHA That's what happened to me. 10GALLON BREWERS UNITE! haha
 

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You haven't answered the question regarding the gravity. Did you check your gravity?

For a 2.5 gallon batch of 1.055 wort, you will need exactly 1 vial of yeast (if you didn't use a starter). If your OG is anywhere near 1.055, then you're ok.
 
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Isn't gravity on earth -9.8 ms^2? :)

No, I didnt measure anything. Its getting 2 weeks to do its thing.
 

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Why ask the question if you have pre-determined how long it has to ferment? If you want to make good beer, get a hydrometer and take measurements so you know where you started and where you finished. But in this case, things should go fine
 

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If you don't take measurments and notes you'll have a hard time recreating something good you've made.

I made a kick ass ESB. It was my second batch and it was plagued with problems through out the process. No notes, no readings. Can't ever make it again :(
 

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the short answer is do nothing. yeast isn't like other ingredients.
 
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