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I'd say you were too impatient. There's no reason to assume that the pack will inflate that fast. The ROT is to give it one day for every week past manufacture. So even if the pack was only a couple weeks old, that would have been at least to days for it to inflate. And 8 hours in a starter is too soon to determine there's no activity. The packs might ...


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BYO has a pretty good, brief article on what yeast nutrient provides for your beer, as well as whether or not it's necessary. To summarize for you, wort by itself is pretty rich in nutrient, and may not need yeast nutrient, especially if you re-pitch yeast from a previous batch (proper amounts of slurry, of course). The one nutrient that is not present in ...


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Most of the yeasts have both qualitative and quantitative notes that describe the flavor profile and other characteristics (flocculation/clarity, attenuation, temperature effects, &c.) The YeastBot Database is an attempt to centralize some of this information. I usually try to find a yeast that's in the same sort of family as the style I'm trying to ...


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A pack that does not inflate could be ok. Some strains are slower to start. But, if you made a starter and there's still no activity, the yeast may be inactive. I wouldn't risk it in my batch. I'd get another pack or 2. Maybe throw in a dry yeast.


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Don't put anything on the grommet on your fermented. The fermentation chamber has a positive pressure of CO2 anyway, so you won't get nasties in there. I would, however, fill the airlock with StarSan (or even cheap vodka) instead of water. For the post brew cleaning, just use OxyClean (or the genericequivalent). Add some water to your kettle, dump a ...



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