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Offline Wilbur

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Yeast washing/harvesting question
« on: April 24, 2017, 03:25:37 AM »
Hello, I've just started trying to harvest/ wash some yeast, and I'm a little unsure of my results. For this batch, I split 6 gallons of wort into two ss brewtech mini's, then added 8 oz of boiled and cleaned water. I swirled and decanted into 8 oz mason jars, but I'm not seeing any separation of yeast and trüb. Did I need this up, or do I not have a lot of tub in my fermenters? I typical use whirlfloc and leave a fair amount of trüb in the kettle, but I guess I expected to see some in the fermenter. I also fined with gelatin, I'm not sure if that's throwing things off. Thanks!

Offline flars

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Re: Yeast washing/harvesting question
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2017, 03:47:34 AM »
Looks like you have pure yeast in your jars if the pictures were taken after a few days in the refrigerator.

Offline Wilbur

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Re: Yeast washing/harvesting question
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2017, 08:50:33 PM »
Here's a sample after chilling over night in the fridge, any thoughts?

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Offline flars

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Re: Yeast washing/harvesting question
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2017, 09:07:26 PM »
That is a lot of yeast.  You won't be seeing any separation into layers.

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Re: Yeast washing/harvesting question
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2017, 09:38:24 PM »
I agree.

Keep the caps loose.  Or open them every couple of days to release pressure.
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Offline cdawson

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Re: Yeast washing/harvesting question
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2017, 09:42:59 PM »
Timely post. I recently saved a some yeast from a stout that I brewed up using 2 packs of 1332 and I don't see the separation that I normally do between trub, yeast and beer. I was about to toss it. Now I will hold onto it and just make a starter before using it to make sure its going to take off. Thanks!