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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: How lolong will harvested yeast keep
« on: February 01, 2010, 11:45:52 PM »
Thanks for the ideas. For what it's worth, I ended up funneling some slurry into a sanitized beer bottle, capped it and tossed it in the  fridge. A week or so  before I brew, I'll take it out, get it up to room temp and add it to a starter. If I get action by the time I brew, I'll use it, otherwise, I'll just pitch some fresh yeast.

We'll see how that works out.


Yeast and Fermentation / How lolong will harvested yeast keep
« on: January 30, 2010, 01:48:40 PM »

I am planning on harvesting the yeast from my Belgian Ale when I rack to secondary today. I will be brewing a second Belgian within the coming month and I want to reuse the yeast.

My plan is to make a 1qt starter from DME, pitch the yeast and and keep it in a growler with an airlock  at around 64 F until I am ready to brew.

I know that there are all kinds of ways to harvest yeast, but would like to keep it as simple as possible.
Any reason that this won't work ?
What's the longest amount of time that I can store yeast like this without losing viability?



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