.... Both have a 24-48 hour delay that I don't get from other dry yeasts.
I use Bry-97 90+% of the time coupled with 2 tsp Fermax in a 5 gal batch.
Many have experienced really long lag times with Bry-97. I also used to experience this frustrating lag (I’ve seen 36 hrs!) until I began using the yeast per the mfr instructions.
When the proper pitch rate recommended by the mfr is used, I consistently see 16 hrs +/- 2 hr lag. I brew in the AM which puts me in the fermenter by noon-ish and the next morning I can see where the first ‘blip’ on the Tilt was as I slept. It’s 14 hrs more often than not, but I have seen up to 18 hrs. It is very predictable.
To pitch, I weight out the required amount of yeast into a ramekin, measure out the Fermax right on top of the yeast. As I am filling the fermenter I toss the mixture into the wort. The filling action reduces clumping.
Despite what home brewers on the internet say, I believe one 11 gram package of dried yeast is inadequate for 5 gal of wort given the mfr guidelines. Rarely is one 11g pack recommended by their pitch rate calculator. My 5 gal batch 1.05x beers usually call for somewhere closer to ~14g. 1 pkg is only ~75% of the recommendation.
I live by the ‘close enough is good enough’ mantra in my brewery but in my world close enough would be mid to high 90(s) vs mid to high 70(s). 1 pkg ain’t close.
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