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Hydrating yeast

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I'm read a bit on here and in Palmer on hydrating the yeast before pitching. Several say yes, do it but other's say it doesn't matter.

Is it a matter of opinion or does hydrating really make a difference?

Same question for aerating the wort.

I did neither on my first batch and it seemed to turn out ok. Was I lucky?

Hydrating/aerating - necessary or anal-retentive overkill?

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As you note, there are differences of opinion about any value in rehydrating yeast.  We all learn a lot by just trying different things, and my suggestion is to try it both ways and decide your own preference about rehydrating the yeast. 

In contrast, I don't think you will find anything by Palmer or other experienced brewers questioning the need to aerate your wort before pitching your yeast (or at least getting the same result of giving the yeast a good start).

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