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Smack packs and a 2 gal recipe

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Going to do the archived German Hefe Mr. beer recipe with a 3068 smack pack. My dilemma is this is a 2 gal recipe and a smack pack is designed for 5 gal batches. Do I just pitch half the yeast or is it ok to use the whole smack pack?

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128 gram pack.

I did search the forum for an answer before posing the question with mixed results. My concern is that the excess yeast that aren't sufficiently fed are not going to go away happy and as a result will leave undesirable results.

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@ Matth

I use smack packs all the time and find that for most 5 gallon ale batches, two of them are required...
(four for a lager!)

For two or three gallon ale brews, one whole pack is perfect.

Don't fret it, dump it all in.

3068 s a great yeast...

Make sure you give it as much headspace as you can as it is a true top cropping yeast...
else, be sure you have something under your fermenter to catch the overflow.

You can bring out more clove flavors by fermenting cooler and more banana at warmer temps...

I find that 68*F produces a nice balance between the two.

:)

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prefect size for 2 - 3 gallons really needs a starter for bigger batches

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Yep, whole pack! Been using smack packs for a while now and one pack is the right amount for an LBK.

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Basically as everybody else said use the whole thing.

If you want ot be really accurate about how much yeast you need for your batch you can use Mr. Malty's Pitching Calculator. Put in the batch size and the expected OG and select lager or ale and it will let you know how much yeast you should pitch.

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