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TheBandit

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I am about to brew my 2nd kit. When its time to add the yeast the instructions say to sprinkle it on top and mix well. The other instructions called for adding the yeast to preboiled cooled water for 20-30 minutes before adding. Which is a better method?
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you can do either one I just sprinkle on top and leave it alone. Some people re-hydrate the yeast but it doesn't matter whatever makes you feel more comfortable.
 

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Agreed. My first batches I was using dry yeast and just sprinkled it on top without any problems. People also rehydrate their yeast before pitching which could help with a quicker start to your fermentation, but other than that, both methods pretty much work the same.
 

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As noted above, either method is fine. To me, the only advantage that I can see to hydrating the dried yeast is if you are "proofing" it - making sure it is still viable. In that case, you would need to add some sugar to the water and wait for signs of yeast activity.
 

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Rehydrating dry yeasts in tap water is supposed to keep from getting, uhhh, osmotically challenged.
 
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