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Brewing woes (late yeast pitch)
« on: September 08, 2012, 11:45:14 AM »
Brewing with my brother 2 hrs away from home and left yeast at home in the fridge. We cooled it down to 60 and sealed it up in the fermenter as if i had pitched. Bought the yeast at a lhbs this am, aerated and pitched. Duration from cool to pitch was 9-10 hours. Anyone had experience with pitching late? What is the latest you have pitched without ill effects?

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Re: Brewing woes (late yeast pitch)
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2012, 12:15:11 PM »
Brewing with my brother 2 hrs away from home and left yeast at home in the fridge. We cooled it down to 60 and sealed it up in the fermenter as if i had pitched. Bought the yeast at a lhbs this am, aerated and pitched. Duration from cool to pitch was 9-10 hours. Anyone had experience with pitching late? What is the latest you have pitched without ill effects?

It'll probably be fine.  Although I haven't done it often,  a few times I have had to delayed pitching for a similar length of time and in the end encountered no problem at all. 
In fact, I've gone so far  as to rack it off of  whatever had settled out in the interim, transferring the beer into a new ferment vessel and then pitched.  Again there, no negative effect at all on the finished beer.

See how it goes...I'm guessing that if everything was properly sanitized, the beer will be fine.
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Re: Brewing woes (late yeast pitch)
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2012, 12:17:41 PM »
i couldn't get my wort cool before i had to do something not too long ago.   it only got down to about 90, so i put an airlock on it and pitched the next morning, to no ill effects that i could tell.
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Re: Brewing woes (late yeast pitch)
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2012, 12:23:35 PM »
Yes, if your sanitation was good, then you have nothing to fear.
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Re: Brewing woes (late yeast pitch)
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2012, 03:16:42 PM »
Quite often do I let the wort sit unpitched and at 60F or lower overnight. This is when the yeast hasn't settled enough yet or I'm too tired to finish.

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Re: Brewing woes (late yeast pitch)
« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2012, 04:26:33 PM »
I routinely let my wort set for several hours before pitching to let it come down to pitching temp.  Especially in the summer, and always with lagers that I'm trying to pitch at 46-48F.  I rarely let it sit as long as you're talking about but, as stated above, if your sanitation was good, it shouldn't be a problem.

Recently I started wondering just how sanitary my wort was by the time it was chilled and made it to the fermenter.  So I've occasionally started pulling a sample before pitching the yeast and putting it in a sanitized jar with foil on top and just letting it sit there in a warm place for days to see if anything starts happening.  So far I've let samples sit as long as five days without any type of activity at all.
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Brewing woes (late yeast pitch)
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2012, 04:38:55 PM »
I run a professional brewery, and I do this on 10 bbl batches all the time. You will be absolutely fine.
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Re: Brewing woes (late yeast pitch)
« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2012, 05:00:02 PM »
Quite often do I let the wort sit unpitched and at 60F or lower overnight. This is when the yeast hasn't settled enough yet or I'm too tired to finish.

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Re: Brewing woes (late yeast pitch)
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2012, 01:00:12 PM »
If your sanitation is good no issue. Ive pitched 36 hours or so after brewing and had no ill effects.
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Brewing woes (late yeast pitch)
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2012, 08:11:45 PM »
Well thank God for that. I forget something every time i go up there to brew. I swear my brother thinks i am deliberately sabotaging his brews.