So after my fixation on yeast and how it affects home brewing, well all brewing for that matter, I purchased some equipment, read some, and set to work. Here is how my first try at “Doing it right” went. I have decided that I will follow these steps for each experiment with brewers yeast:
- Take out the yeast packet
- Steam sanitize the flask
- Heat tap water
- Re-hydrate yeast
- Proof yeast
- Mix it up on the stir plate
- Record results
Sorry the lack of 12 steps. I’m sure I’ll add more later.
The reason I’m taking out the yeast is it will warm up slowly without touching it. I’ve been told by a brewer with a PhD in microbiology, focused on Eukaryotes, that the dried yeast in the packet is very brittle and should be handled with care. In fact he said to only hold the edges of the packets and not to touch middle of the packet unless you have to. I know this is has something to do with all the time he spent in a lab setting at school but I figure it can’t hurt to at least keep his advice in mind with handling the yeast.
To steam the flask I use the good old Granite Ware stock pot. I put 2 cups of water in the pot and 2 tablespoons of water in the flask. Set the flask in the stock pot and let ‘er rip. I did not notice that much steam coming from the flask but the water in the pot mad quite a bit along with some great gurgling noises. I let it steam for 10 minutes. When time was up I used canning tongs to remove the flask and let it cool on the counter.
I use a small pot to heat up 600 mL of tap water to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit on the stove.
To rehydrate the yeast I poured the heated water into the flask. Next I gently open the yeast packet and slowly pour the yeast into the flask. Next I cap the flask with a plastic sandwich bag and rubber band. I move it to a corner on the counter top and wait 30 minutes.
I made my own stir plate from a computer fan and hard drive magnet. I put the stir bar into the flask, the flask on the stir plate and turn to fan on. I wait 30 minutes.
Finally during the process I take temp readings and write them down. It’s good to know what you did in case you want repeat your successes or figure out your mistakes.
Like I said is the format I am going to use for now. I hope there will be changes. That way I know I’m learning.