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Yeast Know What To Do

March 26, 2010

BruceOne question that new winemakers keep asking me concerns pitching the yeast when starting a wine. Although the printed kit instructions say to sprinkle the yeast on top of the unfermented juice, the little yeast package tells you to hydrate the yeast in warm water.

Which method should you use? Always follow in the instructions that come wiht your wine kit. Simply sprinkle the yeast onto your warm must. The yeast cells know what to do and will happily start working their magic.


For a simple cell- Yeast are pretty smart!

Hydration of yeast as per the yeast package’s instructions, if not done properly, will actually hinder yeast reproduction. Hydration is high risk- low reward.

When in doubt always follow the printed instructions that are included in your wine kit. I do and my wines turn out pretty darned good.



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