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Fast Pitch® Canned Wort - 4 Pack

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Fast Pitch® is an instant yeast starter. Go straight from can to flask and eliminate waiting, extra equipment, clean-up and risk of contamination. No boiling, no DME. From start to finish in under 5 minutes, Fast Pitch® is as easy as pour, pitch, propagate!

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Fast Pitch® Yeast Starter Wort in a Can 4 pack The easy way to brew

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We’ve stressed the importance of yeast starters for two decades. Starters radically alter beer quality. Higher ABV with complete fermentations. Eliminated off-flavors through strong, healthy yeast. Reassurance that your yeast is viable before you pitch it. Essentially, a yeast starter is the fast track to commercial-quality craft brew. For the committed homebrewer, yeast starters are a ritual—and a revered one at that.

To make a long story short, yeast starters are the #1 way to radically improve every aspect of your homebrew. So we're taking the next step in simplifying the process, and practically making them for you. A yeast starter with Fast Pitch® is as easy as making kool-aid. Add it to water, pitch yeast. Make better beer. It’s that easy.

Fast Pitch® is an instant yeast starter. Go straight from can to flask and eliminate waiting, extra equipment, clean-up and risk of contamination. No boiling, no DME. From start to finish in under 5 minutes, Fast Pitch® is as easy as pour, pitch, propagate!

>Starter Original Gravity will be 1.040 when properly diluted, as indicated below.

How to use Fast Pitch® Canned Wort:

Size of Starter

Add Fast Pitch®

Add Water


1 can

16 oz.


2 cans

32 oz.

Use one can of Fast Pitch® for each liter of starter wort. Sanitize everything—flask, stopper, top of each can of Fast Pitch®, and yeast packet. Pour Fast Pitch® directly into your flask. Add 16 oz. water to the flask for each can of Fast Pitch®. Swirl to mix. Add yeast and cover with sanitized stopper. Fast Pitch® already contains yeast nutrient too. Damn that was fast!
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Damn That Was Fast!
Yes, you can make starter wort the old way by boiling and cooling DME for about half the cost, but how much is your time worth to you? For a 1L starter: 4oz. DME, ~$1.25; 1 can of Fast Pitch, ~$2.50. But would you rather measure, heat, boil, add nutrients, make ice bath, chill, pour, pitch, wash pot, and scrub boilover mess off of stove and burner. Or would you rather spritz w/ StarSan, pop top, pour, add water, add yeast, shake, go about your business. For me? For $1.25 more? Yeah. Shut up and take my money!
February 3, 2016
This product is NO joke!
Always on the lookout for time saving measure; even at the expense of cost. This product is absolutely amazing and worth every penny!! Well marketed, conveniently packaged, and easy to use.With 20mins left in my boil, I opened the can, poured contents into sanitized flask, filled the can with bottled spring water, poured water into flask, pitched the yeast, swirled every 5mins, and then dumped into primary fermenter once wort cooled to desired temperature. Lag time was LESS THAN 45! I've never seen an airlock this active so quickly, even with my 1L traditional stir plate starters! Recommending this product to all my friends. Well done NB!
August 29, 2015
Impressive Fermenting
I've never used a yeast starter until now, and this made it so simple. I let it sit for a couple of days after preparing it and then added it to my wort. Fermentation started within a couple of hours and was active for four days. All of my other batches only fermented for a couple of days. At this price, I don't see a reason to do it any other way.
October 28, 2015
Awesome product
One of the best brewing timesavers I've ever encountered. Preparing a yeast starter is literally 10 minutes from start to stirplate now. No more excuses!
September 30, 2015
Well worth the $2.50 a can
I was skeptical when I first saw this product but figured it was worth a try, & I am glad I gave it a chance!!! Saves a ton of time & produces a very viable starter. Not sure why an other review mentioned boiling water, this is not necessary. Don't know about you but an hour of my time is worth more than $2.50!!!!!
August 30, 2015
Fast Pitch Canned Wort
Love it! Make the process much quicker and easier.
February 9, 2016
There’s no going back.
Absolutely Amazing. I’ve never had a yeast starter fermentation visibly begin so quickly - it was less than an hour before there was a visible krausen. And the time and effort saved is unbelievable. I’ll definitely be starting all of my brews with Fast Pitch from here on out.
December 14, 2015
Fast Pitch works great!
Used two cans for my Belgian Golden Strong Ale per the directions and fermentation took off as expected. Plenty of aeration helped as well, but the 2L starter got the yeast healthy enough for the 1.094 OG wort in about 13hrs. Best part was I could wake up and brew my coffee before work and pitch my yeast when I got home without getting yelled at for leaving dishes behind to be cleaned. What a novel idea.
November 10, 2015
Great Starter Wort
This is a great product, its easy to use and works great. I usually do my starters mid week and Im usually too tired from work or lazy to boil and cool DME to prepare for brew day on the weekend. Quick and easy 1:1 ratio with water. Just be sure to oxygenate really well, a stir bar wont get you the O2 you need alone.
September 14, 2016
Have used all four cans and results all four times were great. I do use filtered water. Had one yeast starter done and then had to cancel out the brew day so stuck in the frig for over a week. Pulled out, got at room temp and when added to the recipe fermentation began immediately. Have reordered and this is the way I will do it from now on.
March 8, 2016
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How long does it last on the shelf?
B R on Nov 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would use it within 1 year. Though could last much longer. I would treat it similar to a canned good and 2 years maximum shelf life - 1 year for best results. The product has not been around that long but the cans first produced in testing are still good 6 months later. Cheers! James J.
Just purchased the fast pitch in the cans. I was wondering how to store these cans until you use them. At room temperature (65-75 deg.) or put them in the frig. until you need one and than let that get to room temperature before starting the process. It will probably be 3-4 months before i get to use them.
Dennis K on Jan 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Dennis,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! Usually you can store them at room temp. I on the other hand put mine in the refrigerator and warm them up when I'm ready to use them for safe measure. I hope that this helps!
Do you need to use a stir plate with this or can it just set?
S W on Jun 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You don't "need" A stir plate with any starter. Just ensure it's below a gravity of 1.040

Stir plate will help to aerate the ward and propagate a larger call me. You can always just use the method where every time you walk by the starter you give it a swirl.

You can build a super cheap stir plate for roughly $15 using a shoebox and a computer fan. Or cigarbox and a computer fan. Check it out on YouTube it's a fun side project & the cost is next to nothing
can you use dry yeast with fast pitch?
B N on Sep 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I don't see why you couldn't, however, most information I have read over my years of homebrewing suggests that making starters with dry yeast may be detrimental to the yeast since it was prepared, packaged and then dehydrated. Personally, if I needed more yeast and were using dry instead of liquid I wouldn't make a starter and just add a second packet. Cost would be about the same.
At what temperature shall the starter mixture be kept once the ingredients are mixed together in the flask and until ready to pitch into the fermentation vessel?
Terry C on Mar 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If your doing a starter for a Ale I usually try to hold my temps between 65-68, if a Lager then I put it in my basement which is usally 55-60. After frementation is complete I cold crash in my frig for 2-3 days, and then remove 75% or as mush of the start beer then I ready to pitch when chilling your wort to the correct pitch temp.
what is this used for? do i add it after the boil to the wert? also do i add additional yest to the fermenter?
Bryan S on Feb 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is for creating a yeast starter. If you don't know what a yeast starter is, please do yourself a favor. Grab a beer and Google "beer yeast starter" and spend some time reading. If BeerSmith (Brad Smith) has an article, that will likely be a good overview IMO.

Basically, a yeast starter helps you build up more yeast so you can get a better tasting beer and likely a faster fermentation with less chance of off flavors. So, if you take a yeast packet, it's likely going to ferment 5 gallons of OG 1.060 or lower beer, but sometimes you will have problems or your beer just won't taste as good as if you had a starter.

So to make a starter, usually 1 to 3 days (depending on the source) before you need to use the yeast, you make up an OG 1.040 wort (a lower number is OK but not higher) and pitch your yeast. You are basically making a micro beer (maybe a Liter worth) with your yeast. The point is it grows your yeast so you have much more yeast. Then when you take the "yeast slurry" that you created and pitch it into your wort, your fermentation will start surprisingly fast yielding a cleaner fermentation and more likely a smoother tasting beer.

That's probably considered a simplification. You really do need to spend some time reading about it. You don't need to remember everything you read, but it'll give you a much better understanding of what makes yeast tick.

Point being, it's a drag to have to make a micro beer for a yeast starter, so this product is for making yeast starters without spending more than 5 minutes doing it. Easy peasy and worth the investment IMO.

I have used these to build up yeast for making high gravity beers, and for doing experiments like making sour beer more quickly.

Do I have to prepare a yeast starter or can I just add a can of this to the wort when the yeast is added?
A shopper on Feb 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Personally, I always use a starter, but it is not needed. Once your wort is down to around 75-80 Deg F. you can pitch right out of the yeast package if you are using dry yeast. With yeast cultures, it's best to use the starter and these Fast Pitch cans make that job easy. With my started I have a good ferment going in less that 4 hours which helps fight off and infections though it doesn't guarantee that.
will fast pitch change the taste of my wort ?
Samuel D on Jan 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not at all in my experience - Fast Pitch smells (and I assume tastes) just like a standard wort you might make on your own for a yeast starter - very neutral. Typically you'll make about a 1 L starter with 1 can of FP + 1 can of water (32 oz total roughly). When pitching the yeast, I usually decant off some of the starter beer on top, swirl my flask to dislodge any yeast on the bottom, and pitch in probably 200 - 400 mL total. That amount shouldn't impact your 5 gal of beer, which is ~19,000 mL.
How many cans do I use for a 5 gallon batch from an extract kit?
A shopper on Mar 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It depends on your starting gravity and the age of your yeast. For instance if you have decently fresh yeast and the gravity is 1.040-1.050, a 1L starter (1 can) should be good. If the gravity is really high like 1.090+ it could take up to four. Search for a yeast starter calculator online and it should give you a good idea of how large of a starter you'd need.
Do I use straight up tap water? No boiling to sanitize?
A shopper on Feb 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I usually use bottled water. Nothing wrong with tap water except for the chance of contamination. If I used tap water I would boil first
Swirl the can to include the trub and yeast nutrient on the bottom of the can or leave the trub behind?
A shopper on Feb 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I dump everything into the starter. I have done a split batch with one half starter and one half where I pitched multiple yeast packs for the same calculated pitch rate. I preferred the starter and it fermented faster.
After our starter is finished do we or should we decant our pitch ? If we don't decant our pitch will the Fast pitch can change the taste and outcome of our beer?
A shopper on Jan 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We have used only 1 of these cans to make a 1 L Starter. We put it on the stir plate over night and pitched it without decanting. This was Feb 11 2017, we only achieved 1.060, but the darn thing is still streaming from the bottom of the Big Mouth Bubbler! Almost 2 weeks later. We have yet to taste it. Mike B.
At what temperature shall the starter mixture be kept once the ingredients are mixed together in the flask and until ready to pitch into the fermentation vessel?
A shopper on Mar 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Room temperature is fine. I leave mine on a stir plate on the kitchen counter. If you're not ready to use it after it's cycle, you can put it in the refrigerator. Just remember to give it enough time to warm up on brew day.
How long do I let sit after pitching the yeast? Do this 24 hours before brew day?
Justin Z on Dec 18, 2016

I would give it a full 48 hours before brew day. That will give your yeast time to rejuvenate and multiply for a vigorous fermentation. There are videos on this website that cover yeast starters. The process is the same except much simpler because the starter wort is already prepared. John Palmers' book "How to Brew" is also a fantastic resource for all homebrewers and covers yeast and yeast starters. The book is worth having for the appendices alone. I would also recommend an Erlenmeyer flask and a stir plate to boost your yeast growth and health.
2000 ml Erlenmeyer Flask
2000 ml Erlenmeyer Flask
The Vortex Stir Plate 2.0
The Vortex Stir Plate 2.0
I have a six month old vial of Yeast Bay Vermont Ale Yeast that I never got around to using. Will using the Fast Pitch make it usable again? Figured I'd ask before I tossed it.
P B on Feb 5, 2016

It's pretty difficult to tell how many viable cells you still have after six months. So you don't have a great idea where you are starting from, which you really need to know how much you need to grow. The yeast is likely past the best by date so I would recommend getting a fresh vial to be on the safe side.

Doesn't adding a can of unboiled water risk contamination?
R Y on Jan 12, 2016

Thanks for the question. It is similar to adding tap water to top up your fermentor after doing a partial boil. as long as your water is clean and tastes good there should be no problems. However, if you are concerned there is nothing wrong with boiling the water beforehand.
I have an unexpected delay in my brew day. How long after making the started do i have to use. Can i refrigerate?
A shopper on Mar 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I cant say so far I have mixed it about an hour before pitch, great product, pitched last brew at 4:30pm was fermenting by 11pm. I would guess as long as it stayed sterile you could refrigerate it for at least a day.
I assume this product is intended for 5 gallon batch brewers. Can it be scaled back for us beginning one gallon batch brewers?
Daryl S on Feb 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Hmm. The can is intended to make a 1 liter starter at 1.040. Once you open the can, you can't reseal it so your stuck making at least a 1L starter. You could make your full starter, cold crash and pitch just the slurry. Or divide the full starter into 2 or more and store them in sanitized jars in the fridge for future use. I'd do the math on the cell counts your getting out of the yeast you have, see what you need to pitch in a 1 gallon batch and go from there as described above. I'd split it in two. Pitch one store one.
What exactly is this? You still have to make additional wart and add this to it?
A shopper on Jan 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Nope, just sterilize the lid of the can with some starsan and pour it in your flask, add yeast and spin! I think you also add 1 can of water per can of fast pitch used, instructions are on the can.
Might be a dumb question but do I need to smack my yeast packet and let that sit and activate before I pitch it into the flask with the fast pitch?
J J on Jan 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think it is a good idea to do this step for a couple reasons. It gives you a better sense of your starting point for the health of the yeast; more inflation generally equals healthier yeast activity. It also gives the yeast a chance to become more active in the reproduction process just before you give it an even larger medium to really propogate. Finally, having the yeast out of the fridge for a while will help regulate the temp and reduce shock from the presumably room temperature starter.
Once I pour the smack pack in. How long do I wait to pitch it?
G U on Dec 31, 2015
BEST ANSWER: If you're making a starter, the yeast needs time to reproduce more generations to increase the number of cells. It's essentially a short fermentation. I get good results putting the starter and pitched yeast pack on a stir plate for 18-24 hours. Much shorter than that and the yeast will be stressed, with a lower cell count.
Wouldn't it be easier to just buy two smack packs instead of 1 smack pack and use this product to double the yeast? Seems like a wash tome.
B B on Mar 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In certain situations, that would be a wash. However, there are common situations where making a starter can be very cost effective:
(1) Many yeast starters more than double their initial cell count over the first 18-30 hours. So you wind up with more than 2 smack packs worth of cells.
(2) Let's say I make a 1 L starter, and when that's done I take ~50 mL out of it and store that in a sanitary mason jar (or similar) in the refrigerator. I can pitch the rest of my 1 L starter (now technically a 0.95 L starter) and create another starter later from the jar I saved. This is all for the cost of 1 smack pack, as opposed to your strategy which requires 4 for the same 2 beers.
(3) In many cases, the ingredients for a 1 L starter are cheaper than buying 2 packets, so slowly over time the rest of the starter equipment pays for itself. This is often a very small effect (for me, every starter I make saves me ~$2 over buying 2 packs of yeast) but over time I have made over 40 starters in the last 3 years easily, which means I've recouped $80 compared to buying 2 packs each time, which is more than I paid for the starter set-up.

Of these answers, I think (2) is the most important - your ability to culture your own yeast will be the real difference maker if you're concerned about money. If you're concerned about time, you will save time by just buying more packs but might find you experience longer lag times during fermentation.

Either way, don't overthink it. If you can't see the benefit of something, don't do it. Be well!
Is a 1000ml flask large enough to use with the fast pitch cans since it calls for 1 can of fast pitch and 1 can of water equaling 32oz
thats 946.353 ml of liquid

To me it seems there wont be enough head space or is that just me over thinking it
Dan L. on Feb 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can top off with a bit more water to bring it up to 1 liter and you should be fine. I've done both 1 & 2L starters with plenty of headspace left.
Does anyone know if this can is produced using LME, DME, or actually mashed 2-row wort?
J A on Jan 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is made by organic malt extract made with organic 6-row. The manufacture of fast pitch starts with liquid and dried malt extract, which of course is produced from a actual mash. I hope this helps!
The description says "Starter Original Gravity will be 1.040 when properly diluted". If you are brewing a beer with a higher OG, should you adjust the amount of water to match the OG of the beer? I've always done this in the past when making my own starters, but didn't see anything mentioned about that for Fast Pitch. I just want to be sure I'm not putting more stress on my yeast unnecessarily, as 1.040 is lower than the OG for most of my brews.
Jared L on Jan 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Jared,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! The 1.040 gravity for the starter is a standard gravity, there will be no additional stress put on the yeast if you use this gravity wort for a starter. The starter is meant to increase cell count and membrane permeability. The one thing that you would not want to do is do a starter with a simple sugar, this can cause the yeast to lose the ability to produce the enzyme necessary for the digestion of grain sugars like maltose. I use a 1.040 starter for all of my beers with no problem what-so-ever. I hope that this helps!
The description says "Starter Original Gravity will be 1.040 when properly diluted". If brewing a beer of higher gravity, would it be best to adjust the amount of water added so that it matches the specific gravity of the beer you're brewing? I've always tried to match it up when making my own starters, but I didn't see anything mentioned about that. 1.040 is relatively low and I want to be sure I'm not stressing the yeast unnecessarily.
Jared L on Jan 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Jared,

Thank you for choosing Northern Brewer! The 1.040 gravity for a starter is standard for any beer. The yeast will not be shocked or stressed by being added to a higher gravity beer. The starter gravity is meant to allow the yeast to replicate and increase the permeability of their cell membrane. I would go with a 1.040 gravity starter for any beer. I hope that this helps!
I would usually add yeast nutrients during the boil but with no boiling is it ok to add it when I pitch the yeast?
N I on Nov 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: To date, I've never added any yeast nutrients. I'm still pretty much a beginner. I would definitely contact Northern Brewer through their contact page. They have helped me a lot since I started.
What type of yeast is this, IE: generic brewers yeast, American wheat, Trappist etc.?
R C on Oct 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: As far as I understood it, it is just pre made yeast starter without the yeast. You add this and yeast in a flask to make a starter. It saves the time of having to boil DME and cool it down
Can you use dry yeast with this product or is liquid yeast required?
D A on Oct 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can but their are enough yeast cells in one dry packet of yeast. The need for a starter is reduced unless making a high gravity beer. If your interested in making starters it's time you step up to liquid yeast.
Would this be appropriate for making a starter for hard cider? I'd guess you'd want to decant most of the wort before pitching.
A shopper on Mar 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not too sure about using it for a cider. You are probably correct in decanting most of the fluid and only pitching the propogated yeast slurry. Hopefully it does not change the flavor of your cider as you will only be utilizing the yeast. I wish you well and hope it all works out for you.

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