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Title: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
Post by: pinnah on February 18, 2017, 03:49:35 PM
I finally ended up using a bucket for fermentation after years of only glass carboys.

Now I want to harvest the yeast after fermentation is complete.
Can anyone offer tips or tricks? 

Normally on a glass carboy I would burn some everclear on the rim and swirl and pour into sanitized mason jars.

What is a good process for a bucket?
Title: Re: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
Post by: stpug on February 18, 2017, 03:57:16 PM
I use a sanitized spoon and spoon it into sanitized mason jars, taking care not to let "stuff" fall into the bucket as I work.  I've also used a paper towel drenched in sanitizer to wipe down a section on the rim of the bucket where I can pour from (but I prefer the spooning method because I can target the yeast cake and avoid most of the beer; granted, I put a few spoonfuls of beer on top afterwards to reduce headspace in the jar).  This is just how I do it and it's been working pretty good for me.  I'm sure other folks have more creative/effective ways that work for them.
Title: Re: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
Post by: ynotbrusum on February 25, 2017, 12:17:34 PM
I just wipe some sanitizer on the upper part of the bucket and pour through a sanitized funnel. I use the yeast shortly after harvest or else I toss it after a few weeks, though.
Title: Re: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
Post by: HoosierBrew on February 25, 2017, 12:30:14 PM
I just wipe some sanitizer on the upper part of the bucket and pour through a sanitized funnel. I use the yeast shortly after harvest or else I toss it after a few weeks, though.


Yeah, same here.
Title: Re: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
Post by: denny on February 25, 2017, 05:19:02 PM
I use wide mouth plastic containers for storage, so no need for a funnel.  I also don't bother sanitizing the rim of my bucket.  It was sanitized before the beer went it.  What's the point?
Title: Re: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
Post by: stpug on February 25, 2017, 05:32:40 PM
It was sanitized before the beer went it.  What's the point?

Well, for starters (no pun intended), the sanitizer may have dried leaving the surface open for contaminants to settle, in which case you would be "washing" those contaminants into the jar you're using to collect the slurry.
Title: Re: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
Post by: pinnah on February 28, 2017, 12:25:54 PM
Thanks fellas, I will probably err on the side of caution and use some sanitizer on the rim.

I guess the bucket worked out ok...I missed being able to see what was going on but it was nice to transport around with the handle.

I assume you don't have to worry about exposure to light, other than direct sunlight, when using buckets?

Title: Re: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
Post by: reverseapachemaster on February 28, 2017, 04:38:15 PM
Sanitize a measuring cup and scoop it out.
Title: Re: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
Post by: blatz on February 28, 2017, 04:55:57 PM
Sanitize a measuring cup and scoop it out.

that's what I do.
Title: Re: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
Post by: tracebusta on February 28, 2017, 06:03:00 PM
Before I started harvesting off of the starter, I would just sanitize the rim of the bucket and pour it into my container.

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Title: Re: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
Post by: dmtaylor on February 28, 2017, 06:03:38 PM
Sanitize a jar and stick it right in the yeast sludge and scoop it right out.  Seal the jar, then rinse off the outside of it, dry it, and label it.  Or most often, I do the same with an old White Labs tube.  Works great.
Title: Re: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
Post by: juggabrew303 on February 28, 2017, 07:37:24 PM
I use wide mouth plastic containers for storage, so no need for a funnel.  I also don't bother sanitizing the rim of my bucket.  It was sanitized before the beer went it.  What's the point?
How long do you keep a jar of yeast before you decide to throw it away? I've brewed with a repitch of 1056 that's been over six months and haven't noticed a problem. 


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Title: Re: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
Post by: dmtaylor on February 28, 2017, 08:04:24 PM
How long do you keep a jar of yeast before you decide to throw it away? I've brewed with a repitch of 1056 that's been over six months and haven't noticed a problem. 

My personal rule of thumb, based on my own anecdotal experience, is that refrigerated yeast will keep for roughly 9 months.  After that it gets tossed, at least out of my own refrigerator.  YMMV.
Title: Re: How to recover yeast out of a bucket
Post by: coolman26 on March 01, 2017, 09:55:28 PM
I'm pretty technical about this. I grab a Pyrex measuring cup, tilt fermenter, scoop, and then fill pint jar. ✌️I do try to eliminate trub and break before fermentation. I've never had an issue doing it this way. Really easy as that. 


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