Well, No one offered any help on using the liquid yeast, so I went ahead and tried it. According to this website
I was to use 1/4 tsp of the liquid wine yeast, 1.5 cups water, and 2.5 cups sugar. I boiled the water and disolved the sugar in it. I then waited until it was totally back to room temperature. Next I added the liquid yeast. I hooked it all up and placed the air line into a water glass so I could see how many bubbles per second I was getting. It is producing nothing. Does it take a while? I have been checking on it for the last 2 hours, still nothing.
So, I decided to try a different recipe (I am also setting up a 10 gallon, so I had another DIY CO2 set-up ready). This time I mixed 2 cups water, 2 cups sugar (recipe from the same website, but the one for dry yeast) by the same method. I then mixed 1/4 tsp. regular bread yeast, 1/4 cup 100 degree water, and a pinch of sugar in a seperate cup. After waiting 10 minutes, I added it to the bottle with the water/sugar mix. Hooked it all up and I have the same result, no CO2.
If you click here
and scroll to the bottom, I have taken a picture of the set-ups. The wine yeast (double bottle) is on the left and the bread yeast (single bottle) is on the right. Does anyone see something glaringly wrong with the set-ups? The check valves are pointed the appropriate way (I only mention this because someone will ask).
Is it possible that both types of yeast I have are bad?! Both were kept in the fridge, and the wine yeast is brand new. Am I missing something?!
And no, I haven't been indulging on the rum in the background of the picture.