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Yeast Nutrient

Postby Pjam » Sat Sep 27, 2014 07:33

Another daft question from me :roll:

Is it all the same? I have some wine yeast nutrient .... would that work for Ale yeast?
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Re: Yeast Nutrient

Postby mark1964 » Sat Sep 27, 2014 07:41

I thought all nutrient was the same be it for wine or beer. I use it for both wine and beer :thumb:

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Re: Yeast Nutrient

Postby Pjam » Sat Sep 27, 2014 08:15

Ah OK, cheers Mark. I'll give it a try :)

Would it be OK to add some half way through the ferment? wish I'd done it at the beginning.
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Re: Yeast Nutrient

Postby mark1964 » Sat Sep 27, 2014 09:35

ive never added it half way through but if its fermenting well I wouldn't bother

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Re: Yeast Nutrient

Postby GrowlingDog » Sat Sep 27, 2014 09:40

I've never used the stuff in beer. Do you need it ?
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Re: Yeast Nutrient

Postby cononthebarber » Sat Sep 27, 2014 09:49

I've always thought it wasn't required as the malts give all the nutrients required by the yeast anyway?

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Re: Yeast Nutrient

Postby Pjam » Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:40

It was suggested to me as a why of helping poor water quality.
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Re: Yeast Nutrient

Postby mark1964 » Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:43

it wont help with poor water. Nutrient is just like a boost to get the yeast started. Ive only used it once in beer and that was for a big Belgian starter.

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Re: Yeast Nutrient

Postby Pjam » Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:49

Ah OK. Thanks Mark. My education continues :hat:
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Re: Yeast Nutrient

Postby GrahamT » Sat Sep 27, 2014 14:22

I add it to everything. I inferred from the Yeast book that malt does not ncessarily provide everything (especially nitrogen IIRC? [EDIT - No, I think it's zinc])

It's so cheap, I don't think twice about it.

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Re: Yeast Nutrient

Postby StevieDS » Sat Sep 27, 2014 14:28

Graham wrote:I add it to everything. I inferred from the Yeast book that malt does not ncessarily provide everything (especially nitrogen IIRC?)

It's so cheap, I don't think twice about it.


Likewise. I have it for wine making so thought might as well put a little in the wort during the boil, it can't hurt.

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Re: Yeast Nutrient

Postby mark1964 » Sat Sep 27, 2014 15:30

StevieDS wrote:
Graham wrote:I add it to everything. I inferred from the Yeast book that malt does not ncessarily provide everything (especially nitrogen IIRC?)

It's so cheap, I don't think twice about it.


Likewise. I have it for wine making so thought might as well put a little in the wort during the boil, it can't hurt.

You add it to the boil :o yeast nutrient is added to your yeast not the boil as it will do no good there. If using dried yeast make up a little starter at the end of boil with luke warm water then add yeast nutrient. Are you sure your not confusing it with something else?

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Re: Yeast Nutrient

Postby GrahamT » Sat Sep 27, 2014 17:32

mark1964 wrote:
StevieDS wrote:
Graham wrote:I add it to everything. I inferred from the Yeast book that malt does not ncessarily provide everything (especially nitrogen IIRC?)

It's so cheap, I don't think twice about it.


Likewise. I have it for wine making so thought might as well put a little in the wort during the boil, it can't hurt.

You add it to the boil :o yeast nutrient is added to your yeast not the boil as it will do no good there. If using dried yeast make up a little starter at the end of boil with luke warm water then add yeast nutrient. Are you sure your not confusing it with something else?


It's fine in the boil, as I understand it. I think you can add it whenever you like. There's nothing in it that is harmed by boiling, is there? I also add it to starters, but not instead of the boil.

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Re: Yeast Nutrient

Postby mark1964 » Sat Sep 27, 2014 19:21

Brewers typically do not add these sorts of nutrient blends unless brewing high adjunct or very high gravity brews. Zinc is one nutrient often added to wort, as yeast requires some zinc for growth. Wort zinc levels should be between 0.10–0.15 ppm. Zinc can come from copper when using copper brewing vessels, but most equipment is stainless steel, so zinc additions are helpful.

After a bit of research I found its not really needed for beer as above but if you are going to add it to the boil it should be within the last 10 mins

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