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Dry Yeast vs Liquid Yeast

Posted by ebrius on November 5, 2008

While I am by no means an expert with yeast, I feel that I have some valuable insights for anyone who is interested in brewing their own beer, or who is thinking about graduating from dry yeast and moving to liquid yeast. Here is a list of the pros and cons of each time, and why I think liquid yeast is superior.

Dry Yeast
Pros:
+No starter is necessary
+Risk of infection is less
+Taste is balanced
+Carbonation is quicker then liquid yeast
+Cost ($1 for a pack, as opposed to $5+ for liquid yeast)
Cons:
-Lack of control over flavor’s, flocculation, etc
-Yeasty taste is apparent

Liquid Yeast
Pros:
+Yeast provides no off flavors when used properly
+Flavor, flocculation, attenuation are all controllable
Cons:
-Starters take at least two days
-Infection is more likely since you need to grow the yeast
-Seems to take more time to carbonate a bottle then dry yeast
-Cost

With a little planning ahead and a little extra sanitation, there is no reason not to use liquid yeast. There are so many different types and each has its own specific characteristics. Dry yeasts are nice if you need yeast there and then, but other then that, liquid yeasts are superior in every way. They cost a little bit more, but they are simply a higher quality product. You can definitely make a good beer with dry yeast, but if you really want to control those subtle flavors that make a good beer great, you need to use liquid yeast.

Another thing is when using a dry yeast, I have never gotten down to my expected FG, but with liquid, I’ve hit it every time.

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Link: Interview with author John Palmer

Posted by ebrius on October 15, 2008

Beersmith has a short interview with the author of ‘How to Brew’, John Palmer up on their blog

I figured I’d point to this since ‘How to Brew’ was the first brewing book I ever bought or read, and is a great book for beginners. It’s available online for free. It is also carried by most homebrew stores, and a lot of online retailers, including amazon.com. If you are new to homebrewing, or just want to refresh your memory, I highly recommend picking up a copy.

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Beer Blogging

Posted by ebrius on October 6, 2008

I started brewing recently, and I figured, why keep my beer journal bottled up on google docs, why not share it with all the other intrepid homebrewers out there? I’ve already made a couple of batches, so I’ll post the results of those as soon as possible as well as try to update the blog whenever i finish, start, hell, even drink one of my beers. Also, if I get really bored, you’ll probably see other random, most likely beer related, posts on here.

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