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Equipment and Software / A Better Siphon
« on: August 15, 2010, 08:50:18 AM »

OK folks, I've found it. Will try it out again today. So far, I like it. Why havn't I heard of it before? Its the "Hopkins Siphon" Just dip the end of the tubing with the metal end attached, into the beer and shake it up and down a few times and there it goes. It takes off and siphons fast, quick and Easy! with nothing to break!  I found it at the link below.  You only need 1 but, you have to buy 3 of them, 19.95 + s/h.(unless you are a member)  Let me know what you think. BTW: the metal end is copper and it states that it is not for salt water or contaminating liquids. I can't see where contact with copper for a minute or 2 will harm my beer?

Not to promote any buisness but to inform the home-brewing world of a better product.

Yeast and Fermentation / Yeast harvesting from conicals.
« on: May 06, 2010, 12:39:35 PM »
OK, I got the conicals... 2 - 7 gal. stainless steel.  Full and a fermenting away in the lagering freezer.  Was wondering if there is some special or "best" way to harvest the yeast from the conicals.  Is the first that comes out ok?  Should I keep it all, decant and make a starter?  Is yeast washing still nessasary?

Plan A:
ferment 14 days then drain yeast and put in lager freezer (at 50 deg. F), next day decant and make a starter and let it sit 3-4 days = brew again after 19-20 days and use same yeast?

Plan B:
ferment 14 days drain yeast and put in lager freezer. (50 deg. F)  Next day decant & pitch to new brew.
=  Brew again after 15 days and use same yeast.

Now fermenting German Pilsners with Wyeast 2278 Czech Pils yeast (slurry from local microbrewery)

All information appreciated!

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