« on: March 07, 2013, 09:45:42 AM »
Dry hops for a CDA and keg cleaning, lots of keg cleaning.
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That which you resist you become!10 gallons of CDABetter watch it, bud! They'll get ya!
So, If I'm planning on boiling my water that I'll use to rehydrate some US-05 is there any reason I shouldn't add enough DME to the equivalent concentration of a typical starter and a pinch of yeast nutrient for the purpose of rehydrating? I'm wondering if this would provide a nice boost or if the yeast would be confused by spending a short time in a "starter" solution prior to being pitched (say, after a couple hours or so).
As I understand it this is a bad idea because the yeast, when first reintroduced to a liquid environment are not prepared to triage what goes in to the cells via dried out membranes. So they can not regulate how much and and what kind of things are coming in and this causes a lot of damage if there are lots of sugar and other stuff in the liquid. Plain water gives them a chance to wake up and get their membranes working properly before they have to deal with sugars and other chemicals.
They already have the reserves they need to get through this period well. Hence the manufacturers recommending rehydration in plain water.
Did you check that the lid was seated properly? Mine can get slightly off kilter and leak. I lubricate all the o-rings at once when I take the posts off to fully clean the keg.+1
If bottle conditioning, I'd always do one in a clear bottle to check.+1, another great tip.