« on: October 25, 2014, 08:36:11 AM »
Answer to tangential question: Cut tiny corner from dry yeast packet. Pitch about 1/4 packet. Fold corner over a couple of times. Tape shut. Place back into refrigerator. Open and repeat up to ~3 years later.
I do the same thing although I am extremely careful about sanitizing the packet, including the interior of the hole, before pouring out more yeast. So far no problems.
I also portion out liquid yeast by pouring about half of the packet in the one gallon batch and pouring the rest into a well-sanitized mason jar with boiled water. Not ideal but I also have not had problems with this approach.