Imperial Organic Yeast - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much yeast is in the Imperial “Pitch Right” Pouch?

A: 200 Billion cells.

Q: If I add one pouch to 5 gallons of wort, what is the resulting pitch rate?

A: 10.5 million cells/ml

Q: Do I need to make a starter before pitching the yeast?

A: The Pitch Right pouches were designed to give homebrewers enough yeast to direct pitch 5 gallons of wort. If the volume of the wort exceeds 5 gallons or the original gravity of the wort is higher than 1.070 (17P) more yeast may be required.

Q: If I want to use a Pitch Right pouch in a starter, how big should the starter be?

A: Because there is so much yeast in each Pitch Right pouch, we do not recommend making starters smaller than 4 liters without a stir plate, or 2 liters with a stir plate.  This will give you about the same amount of yeast contained in two Pitch Right pouches.

Q: How long can I store Imperial Yeast Pitch Right Pouches prior to use?

A: We recommend using the freshest yeast possible and back our yeast for 3 months past the manufactured on date. Because we package 200 Billion cells in each can, the actual shelf life of the Pitch Right cans may be much longer.

Q: Do I still need to aerate or oxygenate my wort if I’m using the Pitch Right pouch?

A: Yes.

Q: Isn’t all yeast “organic”?

A: That depends on what you mean by organic. All Imperial Yeast products are USDA Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth. Therefore, we cannot use synthetic chemicals, petroleum based chemicals, and other unnatural ingredients to grow the yeast you are using in your beer.


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