I’ve got 9 “dry yeast” batches under my belt now, so I thought I might expand my horizons by using liquid yeast for the first time.
Wyeast 1056 to be exact.
And a yeast starter with a stir plate. Recipe per Northern Brewer video.
The yeast starter was on the stir plate for 24 hours before I dumped the contents into the primary fermenter. Extract kit #3 of the same Pale Ale.
I went through the normal, well sanitized, fermentation period, followed by 3 weeks conditioning in the bottle.
When I popped the top on the first bottle, the yeast and it’s fruit laden flavors was overwhelming and the dregs left behind on the bottom of the bottle formed this yeast genie that tried to take over the Universe.
Fifty bottles went down the drain. Along with 50 yeast genies.
I am now assuming that a Wyeast smack pack, or a White Labs vial, is enough for a 5 gallon batch. No stir plate needed.
Which leaves the question…when exactly do you use your starter and stir plate? And for how long?
EDIT: Maybe a clue here.
Wyeast says that their smack packs may be swollen a bit from residuals in the bag.
When I received the pack, it was swollen like a basketball.
It was very difficult to “smack the pack” and break the inner nutrient pack. It was only after I emulated Bruce Lee that I was able to break that nutrient packet.
Bad Yeast pack?