Yeasts are micro-organisms used in brewing to produce alcohol during the process of fermentation.

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My first yeast starter with a stir plate, possibly a disaster

This morning I smacked my first smack pack, and about 10 times, each time a little harder because deep depression would set in if the goodies spewed across the room. I finally got it, or so I thought. ...
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Cider with youngs wine yeast

I have made some cider from Apple juice and some mixed fruit juice to try and mimic something like a mixed fruit copperberg. I used youngs super wine yeast and no additional sugar so that the aim ...
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Chilling wort before pitching yeast

I know it is important to chill wort to <80 before pitching yeast, and that quality of final beer is affected by the speed with which the wort was chilled to this point, and there are various ...
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Is delayed yeast activity normal?

I am working on a small batch, 1 gallon of Pale Ale. It came in a kit and the yeast was not labeled so I am not sure what kind it is. This is only the third batch I have brewed. On my first two ...
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Question about the diacetyl rest process

When producing beers that must have a "clean" / "neutral" flavor like lagers, usually the fermenting temperature is low to prevent off-flavors to show. But then, is recomended to apply a diacetyl rest ...
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Should I ferment a new batch directly on the yeast cake generated by the previous batch?

I'm going to re-use the yeast cake from a low-gravity batch to ferment a high-gravity batch. Can I just put the wort directly on it? Does it then need to be agitated? Is it worth the risk of ...
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Which strains of yeasts are the cleanest for warm/hot fermentation?

I am from Puerto Rico and the temperature here is like summer all year round(between 75 to 95*F) , and I really want to know the cleanest strains of yeasts for this kind of temperature. (clean ...
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All purpose yeast

Suppose you only have one yeast available to produce wine, beer, liquor from fruits or grains. say post apocalyptic future, and you manage to have fruits or grains and you want to produce alcoholic ...
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Yeast for dubbel

I was planning on making 35L of 1.070 ish OG dubbel on Friday. I don't have any yeast to hand and was wondering whether the smack packs of http://www.brewuk.co.uk/wyeast-activator-3787-trappist.html ...
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Can this juice ferment without added sugar?

If I wanted to make a hooch out of "cranberry juice cocktail", which is composed of "water, cranberry juice, high fructose corn syrup, cranberry juice concentrate, and ascorbic acid, how would I go ...
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Mead Problem with Yeast

So the other day I created a mead and messed up... long story short I killed all my yeast by rushing. I added the dead yeast into my mead and it all sank to the bottom. I just racked off the dead ...
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Is yeast cell count a constant function of starter size?

Does the size of a starter always dictate the cell count of yeast irregardless of how much yeast you started with (ignoring other factors such as aeration, wort density etc)? For instance let's take ...
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Fermentation Temperature Control Methods

What different methods do people use to maintain or control fermentation temps? This includes maintaining temps for both Ales and Lagers. For most climates, active control is necessary for doing ...
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How long can yeast be stored?

If I buy a tube of liquid yeast from my local homebrew store and throw it in the fridge, how long before it's no good? How 'bout dry yeast?
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How bad can this be?

So i got everything in my fermenting vessel last night and i got up this morning to find that the siphon lock was pushed in. I tried to slowly pull it back up through it's opening but the siphon ...
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Fermentation started, then stopped the next day. Is my yeast dead?

This is my first shot at homebrewing, using Northern Brewer's American Wheat Beer kit which is based on liquid malt extract, Willamette and Cascade hops, and a packet of dry yeast. I brewed and put ...
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Fermenting mead: low vs high temperature

I'm planning to make a batch of dry show mead (white wine experience). I have Lalvin 71B-1122 Narbonne yeast, and fermentation temperature range for it is from 59-89° F (15-30°C). Lets say how ...
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How long should I expect to wait before seeing activity in my yeast starter?

I usually see activity in my yeast starters in the first twelve hours after pitching the yeast. This time, however, I haven't seen anything for 48 hours. No bubbling, no signs of floating yeast and it ...
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Cider - Yeast doesn't seem to kick off

I have 2 x 23L carbouy's full of freshly pressed juice, ready for fermentation. I began the process by killing off all the wild yeast strains in the apples by adding 1 1/4 teaspoons of sodium ...
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What's the best method to catch a strain of wild yeast for homebrewing?

I'm interested in learning about brewing using wild yeast, but I wonder what is the best method to catch a strain that would produce good results in homebrewing. And of course how to ensure that it ...
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What effect will doubling the yeast concentration have?

If I want to have a beer ferment in less time would doubling the amount of yeast I pitch help? Will there be any consequences of doing so? Does it matter if I make a starter for them both?
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Can I dry my own yeast to make it relatively shelf stable? How?

Obviously, it can be done, as dry yeast works for fermenting beer. I go sometimes a month or two between batches, and carrying over one yeast culture across beers seems a bit of a pain. How is dried ...
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Ale yeast re pitch

Okay so I racked this experiment into a 6 gallon glass, slowly brought it up to 68F and re pitched with Safale05. After 24 hours, there is very little activity. One bubble every minute. Is it ...
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Ale yeast at cold temps?

I made a modified Oktoberfest 11 days ago. I used an ale yeast to cut down on the time. I let it ferment at 68 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 days, then decided to put it in the fridge at 50 degrees. I ...
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I am brewing alcoholic ginger beer. How much sugar to prime it?

I am looking for this ginger beer to be sweet, spicy and very fizzy. Something which should violate your tongue's human rights. I have never produced a fizzy brew before so know nothing about ...
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Temperature when hydrating dry yeast

Some Lalvin yeast I bought is not doing anything in my wort. When I told people on an online forum I'd hydrated it with 40 degrees C water, they told me this was far too hot. But this is exactly what ...
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What type of yeast to use for a low ABV mead?

I'm looking to experiment making a low-alcohol mead (i.e. under 8% ABV). In terms of buying a sachet of yeast I can see standard beer/cider/wine variants and obviously for brewing there are loads of ...
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no brew shop here. use some warm beer as yeast?

it is hard to find beer yeast where I live. I was wondering if it is possible to just buy a bottle of good beer and use as yeast after bringing it to 25C temperature
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Imperial Stout with not enough yeast

I'm working on brewing an Imperial Stout and using a liquid yeast (WLP-007). Beer Smith is telling me that I need about 300bn yeast cells. However, it says I might get 180bn. I'm usually not a ...
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Fast Fermentation - Should I be worried?

Just did my first batch using the fast ferment conical fermenter. Brewed an extract kit from Northern Brewer....their Smashing Pumpkin Ale. It's a 1.054 OG brew and I used a dry yeast to ferment. ...
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Which is a better fermentation method for high gravity beers?

I'm looking to brew a high gravity porter for christmas this year, aiming for OG 1.100. I've browsed several questions on this site relating to high gravity beers and the tendency seems to be towards ...
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Problems with Wyeast London Ale 1028?

I had a brew day yesterday and ran into something a little odd. I smacked a pack of Wyeast London Ale #1028 berfore I started my routine. After everything was said and done with the boil it had been ...
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Yeast plate not showing single colonies

Why do my yeast plates end up looking like this? And not this? My yeast plate is composed of wort + agar.
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What yeast is in White Labs WLP080 Cream Ale Blend?

Has anyone used the Cream Ale blend from WhiteLabs? I used it recently and am surprised at the lack of flocculation. The beer has been in a cold keg for a month and its still fairly cloudy. Was ...
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What is the minimum amount of time required for a yeast starter?

It is generally advised to leave a yeast starter for at least 24 hours to get optimal yeast growth. If I only have a few hours, is there any point making a starter from my liquid yeast pack? Is ...
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Is Mixing Yeast OK?

Say I wanted to make an ale which has some of the banana characteristics of a Belgian yeast, but also wanted some of the citrusy flavors of an American ale yeast. Could I achieve this by making a ...
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Using Multiple Strains of Yeast in the Same Batch?

I've been thinking about this recently, so I figured I'd ask it here. Is there any reason you couldn't use two strains of yeast in the same batch of beer? For a particularly high gravity amber ale, ...
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Krausening / Pitching Actively-Fermenting Wort

I heard on one of the old Jamil shows that pitching actively-fermenting starter is a good way to get noticeable but subtle yeast character in a beer. You need to start with an adequate amount of ...
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Maximizing fruitiness from WLP002

I am looking to reproduce an incredible fruity aroma and flavour from a recipe I made a year ago. Looking at the recipe I am guessing it may be from the yeast. 3lb 2row 1lb Rye .13oz nugget @ 60 min ...
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Homebrewing Soda, Safety Concerns

I wanted to try making my own soda this summer, and finally got around to it 10 days ago. Here's the thing. I didn't have/use any specialized equipment. I boiled water with sugar ~15 minutes, and ...
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Preparing yeast for secondary fermentation

I have a barleywine in progress that seems to have stalled around 9% ABV with some residual sweetness I'd like to try and reduce. After 2.5 weeks in primary all activity had stopped so I racked off ...
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Yeast Problems!

Brewing a porter, pitched my yeast and started with a 1.056. My air conditioner broke for 1 day and the beer got to about 80 degrees after about 1 1/2 weeks of fermentation. Beer has been sitting at ...
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Worried about extent of inflation of Wyeast 4766 package

My friend and I were trying to ferment some raspberries using the WYEAST 4766 Cider yeast. Now it's 1 day after we activated the package and it is still only partially inflated. Should we buy a new ...
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Kegging - Is it necessary to filter yeast?

I'm planning to buy kegging equipment and keg my next batch of beer, and I ran into some yeast filters for sale that remove yeast specifically for kegging. Is this a necessary step? I know that when I ...
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If oxygen is important mostly during the lag phase why not pre-oxygenate the yeast pitch prior to inoculation?

I feel that this question could potentially have more specific and direct sub questions but for now I would like to simply pose it as "why not oxygenate active yeast prior to pitching instead of ...
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Is my frozen yeast okay?

So I harvested my yeast for the first time (WLP566 Saison II), but I left the fridge temp mega low by mistake and it froze overnight. I have immediately thawed it out, but I am wondering if it now ...
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Coud I ferment a five gallon batch on top of the yeast cake from a finished one gallon batch?

Title says it all: Could I ferment a five gallon batch on top of the yeast cake from a finished one gallon batch?
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Why should I make a starter? [duplicate]

Why should I make a yeast starter and not just sprinkle the yeast on top of the wort like the packet says? I am sure there must be some good reason why you would do this.
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Lightening of Cider

My peach-apple oxidized a bit as I was juicing and started fermentation amber-brown. Over two days of rapid fermentation with Safale US-O5 dry ale yeast, the color lightened to a pale yellow, straw ...
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Is oxygenating after brew day okay?

If you don't oxygenate on brew day, is it too late or can you oxygenate late? If so, are there limits?