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How much yeast to add for refermentation in a high gravity beer?
« on: February 18, 2011, 07:10:25 PM »
I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations about how much fresh yeast to add to a high gravity Belgian to help ensure good bottle carbonation and conditioning?

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Re: How much yeast to add for refermentation in a high gravity beer?
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2011, 07:34:57 PM »
I go with about half a pack of US-05, rehydrated, for my 1.083 belgian golden ale.  Works like a champ.  Sipping on one right now as a matter of fact.
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Re: How much yeast to add for refermentation in a high gravity beer?
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2011, 07:45:14 PM »
Didn't even think about it and bottled one with no additional yeast, guess I will give it time and see if those worn out yeast from the primary fermentation are up to the task.

I have a second one that needs to be bottled and I don't want to chance it twice.  The US-05 might do the trick nicely.  I wonder if I will have to open my first batch of bottles and sneak a little into each one if they don't carb up....

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Re: How much yeast to add for refermentation in a high gravity beer?
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2011, 08:05:44 PM »
Yeah, I'd give it time and see what happens.  How long has the first one been in the bottles?

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Re: How much yeast to add for refermentation in a high gravity beer?
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2011, 10:18:04 PM »
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Re: How much yeast to add for refermentation in a high gravity beer?
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2011, 04:05:01 AM »
Yeah, I definitely would let that one go awhile longer before messing with trying to get more yeast in there.  It's probably going to be fine even if it takes a little longer to carb up.
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