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From: Mike Fertsch <hplabs!uiucdcs!meccad.RAY.COM!FERTSCH>
Subject: Wyeast Liquid Yeast
Date: 1988-11-17 19:44:00 GMT

gotham!ursa!baby!djh@Sun.COM (David Hyder) asks:

> > Have any of you tried Wyeast liquid yeasts? How much of an
> > improvement have you noticed (if any)? Does the fact that the yeast
> > may take 1-7 days to be ready for pitching cramp your style?

My limited experience (three batches) with Wyeast has been good. The yeast
ferments well, and results in a very clean tasting beer. After finishing
its business, it sediments well, giving a clear beer. Contrary to the
directions on the package, I feel that Wyeast DOES need a to be stepped up
before pitching. The quantity of yeast in the package is not enough to get
good fermentation going fast. What I do is pop the package by breaking the
inner seal, and wait for the package to bloat. I then open the gold
package and add it to about a pint-and-a-half of sterile wort. I wait a
day or two and add it to my 5 gallons of wort.

I found that the Wyeast usually starts and bloats out much faster than the
package predicts. The package states a 'start time' of one day per month
after the processing date on the package. I have had three month old
packages ready to rupture one day after breaking the seal. Perhaps I just
have a good supplier.

I brew on a spur-of-the-moment basis. I find it difficult to have yeasts
ready at the same time I brew. I often have yeasts ready and no time to
brew, or time to brew and no yeast ready. I need to plan my time better,
quit my job, or stick to dry yeasts.

Mike Fertsch

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