Imperial Organic Yeast - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

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

A: 200 Billion cells.

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

A: 10.5 million cells/ml

Q: What is the best way open and pitch the Imperial Pitch Right home brew cans?

1. At the start of your brew day, invert can in the fridge.
2. When you are ready to pitch, remove can from fridge and sanitize.
3. Place can on level surface and vent. (Just crack the lid to equalize pressure).
4. After pressure equalizes, remove lid and pour 25% of liquid into wort.
5. Swirl can until you see yeast cake lift up from bottom.
6. Pour remaining yeast into wort.

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

A: The Pitch Right cans were designed to give home brewers 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 1.060 (15oP) more yeast may be required.

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

A: Because there is so much yeast in each Pitch Right can, we do not recommend making starters smaller than 4 liters. This will give you about the same amount of yeast contained in two Pitch Right cans.

Q: How long can I store Imperial Yeast Pitch Right cans 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 can?

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.

Q: What do I do with the empty can after I pitch the yeast?

A: Recycle it! Today that can contains yeast. If you recycle it, in a couple of months, it might be used to package your favorite microbrew!


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