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
Fast Pitch Canned Wort
Love it! Make the process much quicker and easier.
February 9, 2016
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
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
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
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
I love this product!!! So
I love this product!!! So simple, yet so brilliant.
November 30, 2015
canned wort
Great suff! Very fast and easy. Not sure if I will ever make my own again! John Miami, Fl
December 14, 2015
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Not a question, but an answer for Dan L from 2/27/16. Sorry, I dont see a spot to be able to add an answer...

I bought the starter kit that came with 4 cans and a 1000ml flask. There is plenty of room for a 1 can starter. After 1 can of fast pitch and 1 can of water, you end at 900ml of a starter. If you want to do 2 cans of fast pitch, you will need the 2000ml flask. Dont forget, its 1 can of fast pitch and 1 can of water.
Michael T on Sep 3, 2016
Why are some cans of Fast Pitch cloudy with small chunks in them while others are clear?
B R on Aug 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Any sort of cloudiness or small particles in a can of Fast Pitch is the result of packaging the wort. Once the wort is boiled, proteins will coagulate and precipitate out of solution to the bottom of the kettle. Although every effort is made to remove this trub from the batch before canning, some inevitably remains. Because of this, some cans of Fast Pitch will contain some amount of trub making the starter wort appear cloudy with some particulate in it. This is not a concern, as coagulated proteins actually act as a nutrient to help yeast health during the propagation stage.
Maybe a dumb question but once you've put the yeast into the starter, how long should you allow it to propagate before putting into a brewed wort?
L I on Aug 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for contacting us! And it's not a dumb question at all; it's actually a topic of debate among experienced brewers. Many say that it is best to pitch at high krausen, since this is when the yeast is most active. But others like to pitch after fermentation is complete, since this allows you to let the yeast settle, and you have the option of pouring off the water on top. You can can have a look at this Q and A sheet, towards the end he answers your question in plenty of detail!
How do you know if you should use 1 or 2 cans? Does it depend on the volume of beer you are making or something different?
I A on Aug 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yeast calculators can be a great guide to help determine how large of a starter you need. My rule of thumb for a starter done on a stir plate is that one can is typically good for 5 gallons up to an O.G. of about 1.070. If you don't have a stir plate, 2 cans is the way to go.
Just bought some of these in the kit with the flask. I'm confused, the details say "go straight from can to flask, no boiling, no dme" but you still have to dilute the contents with water. Now correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't you need to BOIL tap water to sterilize it before diluting? I suppose I could use store bought distilled water... just a little confusion in the advertising.
B A on May 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: There are many options here. We recommend just using tap water - no need to be sanitary as long as it is clean water and you get yeast going right away. Use nice clean water and no worries, it is the same as topping up an extract batch. If you want to be more sanitary, you could get distilled water, boil the water before hand, or get a sanitary filter and filter the water first. Product 41150
I see that there's a kit with the flask , im new to this, is the flask really necessary or i can do without it ?
H F on May 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: All you really need is a vessel, such as a growler or something similar, that can hold the appropriate amount of liquid. A flask however, is a quick and easy way to measure the volume of your stater.
By my estimation after doing some math there should be roughly 100g of DME in this can. Is that accurate? If so, That's almost the perfect amount to use for priming a 5 gallon keg, especially one you plan on serving through a beer engine as I do. The only thing that makes me worry is the yeast nutrient. Yeast nutrient smells and, I assume, tastes awful. Normally throughout the course of a full fermentation this is all absorbed by the yeast but I'm not sure it would be with such a limited fermentation.
A A on Apr 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Good thinking - my quick math says you would get about a .002 (assuming a 1:1 dilution rate really yields 1.040 wort, which I haven't checked but have no reason to disbelieve - anyone checked that stat??) gravity point boost in 5 gallons of wort. For priming sugar, you use .3125 lbs of 42 ppg sugar in 5 gallons which will yield a little more like .0026 gravity points. So your math is good - the number line up pretty well. You'll get a bit less out of the extract than you will from the sugar but if you're kegging then you can always 'top up' the CO2 later.
The question about yeast nutrient is a good one - typically yeasts do most of their nutrient absorption during the lag phase (read: reproduction phase / oxygen present) then switch into sugar mode once the oxygen is spent (log phase). So in theory they aren't doing much nutrient absorption once they've finished the fermentation. Yet, nutrient deprived yeast might be looking for anything they can get their 'hands' on by the time they're going into a keg, so maybe they would absorb nutrients sufficiently. Ultimately, I think it's worth trying but would be curious to hear about your results.
I hope this was helpful - my 2 cents. It's good thinking.
What SRM is Fast Pitch? Are you decanting off and then pitching or just pitch it all?
Adam S on Apr 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It's probably close to 6-8 SRM. You can pitch the whole thing; or you can decant off much of the liquid, and just leave enough to "swirl" up all the settled yeast, and pitch that in to your cooled wort. - Mike W, Northern Brewer
What is the shelf life of Fast Pitch?
M C on Feb 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: i'm not sure but i had mine for a month or two before i used id and it worked great.i think it should have a long shelf life as it only contains water-malt extract-sugar-and yeast nutrient.....just like making one from scratch
Since you still need to boil is this really any easier than just adding malt extract to the water to make your starter?
R Y on Jan 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Fast Pitch canned wort is very easy and very quick, no boiling, no need for dry malt extract, just dump the can in your flask add the yeast and your done, just remember to swirl, very very simple, I will be using this again for sure.
Has fast pitch been sent to a lab to test for contamination? I found a fly in a can this weekend.
Joseph L on Jan 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Well, that is an interesting phenomenon. Let us know order info if you want some replacements, happy to send..probably came from the extracts used to make them.

Fast Pitch is made in a certified sterile environment and the cans are pasteurized to 50 Pasteurization units, which is a pretty ridiculous amount. Every batch needs to be tested independently to be certified, as well as being swab tested at regular intervals right off the line. So, even if there was a fly from its production, its all sterile. Anyway, if you know the order number and we can get an address I could replace it. Cheers!
Is Fast Pitch recommended for meads, too? I'm getting YES and NO... what's the deal? Thanks.
R O on Dec 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Since you could potentially add malt sugar to your mead, I would not recommend using Fast Pitch. Also, if you are using dry yeast to make mead, using multiple packs is better than making a starer.
How many gallons of brew does one can support? 3 to 7? I brew both mead and beer and occasionally do 3 gallons but mostly 5. Many thanks!
R O on Dec 9, 2015

There really isn't a straight answer to that question. One can be used to make a 1 liter yeast starter. That starter would then typically be used in a 5 gallon batch of beer. Fast pitch is designed to be used with beer and I wouldn't recommend using it with mead.

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