Put it on CO2, release the pressure and let the CO2 refill to about 10-12 psi. It clears the headspace and refills with fresh CO2. If you have a lot of acetaldehyde, you can help to reduce it in this way as well as with aging.
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I use plain buckets with Gamma Seal lids.
I am planning on brewing a Maibock on Monday. My question....is today too early to make my yeast starter? My plan is to make the starter today, let it go on the stir plate until Sunday then chill until Monday. I will decant the wort then pitch the yeast. Thoughts, ideas or suggestions?
I stored mine in a couple of lowes plastic 5 gallon buckets with lids. $5 each.
If you'll wait until right after Christmas, major stores like Target will have great sales on storage bins. It's always when I buy stuff like this. Many times it's 1/2 off.
I use Vittle Vaults
What's your experience with using washed yeast? Any problems?
My experience is that it produces great beer and saves me money. However, I follow a fairly rigid aseptic technique. I autoclave bottles and flasks at work, and if I need something on short notice I use boiling water to sanitize before using. I work over a strong flame (torch flame) to create an area of uplifting air where bacteria cannot settle. My washing water has been autoclaved or at least boiled for 15 minutes, then cooled to the same temperature as the yeast before I wash it. The area where I work is clean and I have sprayed 70% ethanol over the area. Caps, threads, bottles tops - everything gets hit with ethanol before I transfer.
Sometimes I just leave the yeast cake in beer and don't worry about washing it. It is a lot less work and there aren't as many opportunities to contaminate it. I find that yeast stored in beer stays viable longer than yeast washed 3-4 times then stored away. I believe this is due to introducing oxygen at multiple times and getting the yeast starting to wake up over and over. If you transfer from the carboy into a jar and put it in the fridge, then the yeast stay dormant and happy.
I've seen some pretty awesome chests on some pretty skanky babes.I have fermented some awesome beers in some pretty skanky chest freezers.
On the flip side, I've fermented some pretty skanky beers in some pretty awesome chest freezers.