How much yeast?

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  1. Nov 24, 2017 #1

    OlliesDad

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    I usually pick up a sachet of yeast and a tub of nutrient from a well known high street shop that sounds like Bilko.

    Whether I am making a one gallon demi-john or 23lt bucket load I have always only chucked in one sachet, though I might varythe nutrient a bit.

    Today, I visited my local(ish) brewshop and picked up some yeast and nutrient. The bloke in the shop said there was enough to do 5 litres.

    Does this mean that I should really be using more yeast for larger vessels? I can see that it might take a little longer to get a fermentation going if you have less yeast, but surely it will multiply as long as there is sugar to consume?
     
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    I don't think you're wrong at all. A sachet for me is what I use for a bucket (aka fermenting vessel, bin, brewing bucket etc etc). I read somewhere a long time ago if you are fermenting 5L a level teaspoon of dried yeast is fine, for 25L a heaped teaspoon is fine. That isn't a proportional increase in yeast vs volume even for me and my chronic maths.

    I think as long as there is enough yeast to eventually outnumber the bad guys in your brew it's all good.
     
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    Did you explain to the vendor of the yeast what you were making and what expected ABV you were aiming for.The amount of yeast required for a 4% to an 8% you are best to use the yeast calculator for your pitch rates, for a stronger beer the yeast cells get stressed and they aren't to keen on the high alcohol content.
     
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    I just asked for cider yeast. Don't know if it makes a difference between beer / cider but I've had no problems thus far?
     
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    The youngs super wine yeast compound i use says to add 1 heaped teaspoon per 1 gallon demijohn (4.5 litre) so in theory you should use 5 teaspoons in a FV (5 gallons - 22.5 litre)

    I was told by a member you can get away with 3 heaped teaspoons in a 5 gallon wine and i have done this many times and never had one fail.

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