Possibly repitching for bottle condtioning

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by bszern, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. bszern

    bszern Aug 18, 2011 Massachusetts

    I have a rye pale ale fermenting in a bucket right now. Temperature of the beer is 60 degrees, and I am afraid that most of the yeast has settled to the bottom. The last beer I bottled in this condition took over 2 months to fully carb, and I don't want to deal with that again (pretty hoppy beer and I don't want to lose any of the aromas and flavors). Any harm in throwing a pack of US-05 into the bottling bucket when I rack it?
  2. od_sf

    od_sf Nov 2, 2010 California

    What's the beer's gravity?
  3. utahbeerdude

    utahbeerdude May 2, 2006 Utah

    No harm. I'd rehydrate the yeast first and mix well. Also, I'd probably not use a whole pack of dry yeast. Maybe 1/4 pack or so.
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  4. bszern

    bszern Aug 18, 2011 Massachusetts

    Beer's gravity is 1.016 (target was 1.014).
  5. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    “Any harm in throwing a pack of US-05 into the bottling bucket when I rack it?” No harm whatsoever.

    You really shouldn’t need to pitch ‘extra’ yeast at bottling but I suspect that doing so will give you peace of mind and it will indeed do no harm.

    You don’t really need a whole pack but pitching a whole pack won’t do any harm. If you would prefer to just pitch a portion of the pack (e.g., the ¼ that utahbeerdude mentions) that would be sufficient yeast for bottling purposes. Unless you have the means to vaccum pack the remaining portion of yeast I would recommend you just throw it away.

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