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Pitch in wort or empty fermenter
« on: October 23, 2016, 03:25:46 PM »
From time to time I use C-Brite to sanitize.  There are always a few teaspoons left in the bottom of the carboy after dumping the solution despite trying to get it all out.  Today there were only a few minutes left to cool my wort completely.  In that down time, I pitched the yeast into the fermentor.  As I looked at it, I wondered if that little bit of solution would have an effect on the yeast being in direct contact.  The yeast was out of the package no starter solution to dilute the yeast. 

For the most part I pitch into the wort.  Was trying to maximize time I guess.  Any harm done?


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Re: Pitch in wort or empty fermenter
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2016, 12:09:58 AM »
If it is a effective sanitizer then, yeah, you may have killed off some of your yeast. Depending on how old the package of yeast was or how high the gravity was you may have needed to make a starter anyway.

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Re: Pitch in wort or empty fermenter
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2016, 11:02:09 AM »
If it is a effective sanitizer then, yeah, you may have killed off some of your yeast. Depending on how old the package of yeast was or how high the gravity was you may have needed to make a starter anyway.

The yeast was super fresh dated eleven days ago. Oct 12,2016.    OG 1.058.  It seems to have taken off but I am keeping my fingers crossed for a vigorous fermentation.

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Re: Pitch in wort or empty fermenter
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2016, 12:28:27 PM »
I pitched WLP 011. It has been 18 hours and seems to have started to ferment. Swirling the carboy produces a lot of activity in the blow off tube and the yeast is coming to the top. Should I need it, would you suggest pitching something neutral like Nottingham or Safale US-05?

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Re: Pitch in wort or empty fermenter
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2016, 05:22:06 PM »
Just leave it alone.  It sounds like things are moving along fine.
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Re: Pitch in wort or empty fermenter
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2016, 06:09:35 PM »
Why not pitch into the wort in the kettle (once the wort is at temp) and mix well.  Then transfer the, now technically, beer into the fermenter with lots of splashing to aerate.
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Re: Pitch in wort or empty fermenter
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2016, 06:31:11 PM »
Why not pitch into the wort in the kettle (once the wort is at temp) and mix well.  Then transfer the, now technically, beer into the fermenter with lots of splashing to aerate.

The only downside I can think of is that you're introducing culture yeast into your transfer tubing.
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Re: Pitch in wort or empty fermenter
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2016, 09:22:02 PM »
Why not pitch into the wort in the kettle (once the wort is at temp) and mix well.  Then transfer the, now technically, beer into the fermenter with lots of splashing to aerate.

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Re: Pitch in wort or empty fermenter
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2016, 03:19:00 AM »
Why not pitch into the wort in the kettle (once the wort is at temp) and mix well.  Then transfer the, now technically, beer into the fermenter with lots of splashing to aerate.

The only downside I can think of is that you're introducing culture yeast into your transfer tubing.
If you recirculate boiling wort through the transfer tube near the end of the boil, should take care of that, no?
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