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disposing of yeast cake
« on: November 24, 2012, 05:41:08 PM »
This might sound like an entry level question, but after years of doing it my way I still wonder if there are any good alternatives.  After racking from primary bucket into keg, bottling bucket or secondary, I wash out the remaining sediment in my bucket down the basement utility sink drain, and hose a lot of water, usually hot, down the drain after the yeast sediment to ensure it all gets down my pipes to the sewer without building up in my drain pipes.  Do you do the same, or do you have another solution?  The way I do it is time saving and easy, but it does require quite a bit of hot water.  Thanks!

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Re: disposing of yeast cake
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2012, 05:43:49 PM »
Aside from drying it and (selling it to someone who will be) using it to make supplements/nutrients/feedstock, that's the only way I know of.
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Re: disposing of yeast cake
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2012, 06:05:09 PM »
Mine gets washed down the driveway, along the curb and into the gutter. I'm pretty sure that at the levels we're using, the yeast doesnt pose any issues to the waste water treatment facilities.
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Re: disposing of yeast cake
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2012, 09:53:50 PM »
If you're sending the yeast down an indoor drain, it's no problem. The sewage treatment process is largely based on bacteria consuming organics. Any live yeast may actually help.
Sending the yeast down a curb drain may be a problem. Any newer city has separate storm and sanitary sewers. Street storm drains go to the nearest river, and a yeast slurry would be an un-natural organic load, reduce water quality, and cause areal stench if not flushed by a decent rainstorm. 

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Re: disposing of yeast cake
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2012, 10:46:50 PM »
it goes in the compost. or directly in the garden.
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Re: disposing of yeast cake
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2012, 06:47:50 AM »
it goes in the compost. or directly in the garden.

+1  Mine goes in the compost bin.
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Re: disposing of yeast cake
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2012, 07:15:31 AM »
I take my fermenters outside and just hose them off on the lawn. Or if it's cold out I'll just dump the first couple of rinses on the lawn behind the front porch.
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Re: disposing of yeast cake
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2012, 08:02:43 AM »
Vegimite!

Or "Marmite"...

Though you'd probably make quite a bit from just a single batch's slurry.
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Re: disposing of yeast cake
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2012, 08:50:14 AM »
reuse at least once, then dispose! the best beers I make are done on a yeast cake. hey, that rhymes...
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Re: disposing of yeast cake
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2012, 10:33:51 AM »
I don't have a garden and therefore no composter either, but I'll definitely try the lawn fertilizing option prior to snow season.  I'm already a lawn clippings mulcher rather than a bagger.  Thanks all!

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Re: disposing of yeast cake
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2012, 11:05:42 AM »
Down the drain into the septic tank here.
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Re: disposing of yeast cake
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2012, 11:57:09 AM »
If I don't give it to my wife for the composter, I usually just toss it into the garden.
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Re: disposing of yeast cake
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2012, 01:37:11 PM »
Mine goes down the drain with the garbage disposal running.
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« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2012, 03:12:04 PM »
Down the drain into the septic tank here.

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disposing of yeast cake
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2012, 05:00:36 PM »
If you have a septic system it should actually be beneficial for it. RidX ready to go! ;)
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