Yeast Resources

Info for breweries and home brewers

Imperial Yeast aims to achieve the best possible customer and technical support in the industry, whether you are a homebrewer that makes 5 gallons a year or a professional brewer making 50,000 BBLs a year, feel free to give us a shout anytime.

If you're having trouble finding what you're looking for or have questions not answered here, please get in touch with us and we will respond as quickly as possible.

  • How to open and pitch home brew yeast pouches.

    The best way to open and pitch the Imperial Yeast Pitch Right home brew pouches.
    1. Store refrigerated until ready to pitch.

    2. Shake and knead pouch to homogenize slurry.

    3. Sanitize the sealed pouch.

    4. Open and pitch entire contents into the well-aerated wort.

Commercial Brewer Educational Videos

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Yeast Storage Strategy

Proper storage, harvesting, re-pitching, and counting and testing yeast cells for quantity and viability are just a few valuable techniques detailed in this series that will go a long way to achieving monetary gains and customer satisfaction.

We’re kicking off this video series with a discussion about maintaining the health and viability of your yeast, which starts with receiving your Imperial package and creating an effective storage strategy.

Healthy yeast is happy yeast and is a major factor in getting the most from your fermentations.

Enjoy and happy Brewing!

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Cell Counting & Viability Testing

Cell Counting. Viability testing. We got you!

This video teaches brewers large and small how to efficiently count yeast cells then calculate their viability. Learning the instruments and process to reliably know how much to pitch and how to plan for future generations is like gaining a superpower over your yeast supply.

It’s a power that will save you money, help you maintain a consistent brewing schedule, and improve the outcome of your beer

Plan for the future by watching this video calculating your results by utilizing our Cell Counting & Re-Pitching Calculator.

Happy viewing & Happy Brewing!

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Understanding Pitch Rates

You have your yeast. You have a great storage plan in place. Now it’s time to pitch!

In this video we discuss proper pitch rates, which create consistency and is the key to brewing better beer. Consistent flavor and aroma along with reliable fermentations with faster starts, complete attenuation and healthy yeast are all characteristics that boost a brewer’s business.

Enjoy and happy brewing!

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Re-Pitching Your Yeast

You’ve Brewed, harvested, properly stored, counted and tested the viability of your yeast. The time for re-pitching has arrived!

In this video, we reinforce techniques discussed in previous videos as well as best practices for introducing your harvested yeast into future brews.

Armed with this knowledge you’ll be comforted by the fact that the next generations of healthy yeasties are ready to do their work helping you to turn tanks and turn profits.

Happy Harvesting & Happy Brewing!

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Yeast Propagation

Save time and money by learning to propagate yeast in your brewery with the equipment you most likely already have on hand with the procedures outlined in this video.

Go forth, propagate and, as always, Happy Brewing!

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In the final installment of this video series, we answer some important questions regarding oxygenation: When should oxygen be added to my fermentation? How much and why?

This is a great watch for brewers concerned with achieving batch to batch consistency.

Thanks for watching & Happy Brewing!

Home Brewer Educational Video Series

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Frequently Asked Questions


1. Why Do You Recommend Pitching Cold? [0:26 - 1:18]

2. My Pouch Is Inflated, Is My Yeast Ok? [1:19 - 1:57]

3. What If My Yeast Is Frozen? [1:58 - 2:24]

4. What If My Yeast Expires? [2:25 - 3:12]

Find answers to more of your questions on our Yeast Resource FAQ page

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Basic Home Brewing Terminology

Learn the Terms

1. Attenuation [0:25 - 1:39]

2. Flocculation [1:40 - 2:35]

3. Alcohol Tolerance [2:36 - 3:32]

4. Temperature [3:33 - 4:47]

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Pitching Yeast

Pitching Imperial

Your first time pitching Imperial is exciting! We’ll provide you with the tools and skills needed to Pitch Right!

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Building a Yeast Starter

Build a Yeast Starter

Learn how to increase the viability of your yeast cell count to achieve the desired pitch rate.

1. Why would I build a starter and what equipment do I need? [0:22 - 1:05]

2. How to Build a Starter? [1:06 - 3:18]

Use our Pitch Rate Calculator to help determine if building a starter is necessary.

Forced Fermentation

Do Your Own Test

A forced fermentation test is an important technique for any home brewer. We'll teach you when a forced fermentation test is needed and how to accomplish it.

Wort Stability Test

Test Your Cleanliness

All it takes is a simple test to determine the quality of your sanitation practices. Watch and learn how to perform a wort stability test in just a few steps.

Diacetyl Force Test

What's That Smell?

The fermentation process produces sweet, sweet beer. It also produces other biproducts that can make your beer not so awesome. Learn about those compounds, how to identify and test for them and what to do next.