The extract kits offer dry yeast or liquid yeast, is there any advantage to one or the other?
The extract kits offer dry yeast or liquid yeast, is there any advantage to one or the other?[/quote]
Liquid yeast gets more fanfare from those to whom home brew is a religion.
Liquid yeast is more fun if you like playing with starters and possibly stir plates. (I do. that’s not sarcasm.)
Liquid yeast has a much wider selection of strains.
Dry yeast is more convenient. Sprinkle it in, or maybe re-hydrate it just before pitching.
Dry yeast is cheaper.
Dry yeast survives summer shipping better.
There’s a TON of info out there…
Dry yeast is easy to use. Liquid yeast has alot more variety and different strains readily available.
I myself prefer liquid cause i like making starters to get to a certain cellcount and i also like The idea of nurturing and caring for my yeast
Many homebrewers prefer liquid yeast but either keep dry yeast on hand for emergencies or for impromptu brew sessions. In 15 years of brewing and probably 600+ batches, I have probably used dry yeast 5-10 times total. I think the beers come out better and more predictable with liquid and I really like the variety and character of the various liquid ale & lager strains. That said, dry yeast has come a long way and (as mentioned), it’s easier, more convenient and more strains continue to come out. Mangrove Jack’s is relatively new and more & more strains continue to come out. The best way to make sense of all of this is to make a few beers and use some dry strains and some liquid strains and see if you have a preference.
I second, third, and fourth all the previous comments. I used dry yeast this year for the first time since 1996- DanStar Belle Saison and I am impressed. Still… I like the variety of liquid yeast, especially since I do mostly lagers.
34/70 is a really good lager yeast. S-189 is also supposed to be pretty good, just hard to find. I’m waiting to hear more about Mangrove Jack’s lager yeast, hopefully it’s also a good one.
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34/70 is a really good lager yeast. S-189 is also supposed to be pretty good, just hard to find. I’m waiting to hear more about Mangrove Jack’s lager yeast, hopefully it’s also a good one.[/quote]
I made Ken’s Home Run Red in as a lager this spring with 34/70. Turned out very nice.
Currently fermenting a vanilla porter with it. A knock off of 1554.