View Full Version : Yeast Question #1 - How much to pitch?

11-18-2004, 11:16 PM
Again, I make 1 gallon batches. I tend to use the packets of dried yeast packaged for 5 gallons. Would making a starter from a whole packet be too much? Is over-pitching a concern? Should I use only a portion of a packet?

Thanx again,

11-18-2004, 11:34 PM

1 packet of yeast in a gallon of must will not cause you problems. If anything, it allows the fermentation to start more quickly as the yeast will get up to the necessary concentration more quickly.

You do not want to overdo yeast, or you will get the "yeastie" taste but that would require a lot more than just your one packet.

11-19-2004, 12:58 AM
Most of your dry yeast packets will say for 1 to 5 gallons or 1 to 6 gallons. Some may suggest 2 for a 5 gallon batch. Either way, no harm done. Its just a matter of time to critical population.

11-29-2004, 07:47 PM
For my very first experimental batch, I used the whole packet for a half gallon, it turned out fine.