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Offline MattyAHA

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On average how many pitches can you get from a pint of slurry
« on: September 23, 2020, 02:26:07 AM »
For example, say you brewed a low to moderate gravity beer 1.040-50 and harvested the yeast/trub into a few pint jars, how many batches of 1040-50 beer can you ferment with one of those jars? 2 batches per pint jar of slurry sound about right?
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Re: On average how many pitches can you get from a pint of slurry
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2020, 04:07:07 AM »
Depends on how thick (concentrated) the slurry is. I figure 1/3 to 1/4 of the cake per batch, depending on the gravity of the beer I'm pitching.
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Re: On average how many pitches can you get from a pint of slurry
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2020, 02:49:28 PM »
How long is a piece of string?
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Re: On average how many pitches can you get from a pint of slurry
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2020, 03:11:13 PM »
How long is a piece of string?

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Re: On average how many pitches can you get from a pint of slurry
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2020, 04:41:49 PM »
so its an unanswerable question your saying? im a dumb a person excuse me
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Re: On average how many pitches can you get from a pint of slurry
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2020, 04:54:19 PM »
I use one pint for batch, but that may be too much.  I tend to make slightly bigger beers than you.  If it's on the newer end, give a half a shot and see what happens.
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Re: On average how many pitches can you get from a pint of slurry
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2020, 04:59:40 PM »
Thank you, figured that. being its a common practice of homebrewers was just wondering how people know how much to add per 1.040-50 og batches, not sure i why i got "how long is a string" for an answer but ok
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Re: On average how many pitches can you get from a pint of slurry
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2020, 05:31:07 PM »
so its an unanswerable question your saying? im a dumb a person excuse me

In a way, it is.  There is so much "it depends" to it.
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Re: On average how many pitches can you get from a pint of slurry
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2020, 08:40:28 PM »
so its an unanswerable question your saying? im a dumb a person excuse me

In a way, it is.  There is so much "it depends" to it.

Speaking only for myself and my own experience:  Questions like this just lead to ask more questions. 

For instance: 
How full are the pint jars?
How many jars are there?
How thick is the slurry?
What yeast is it?
Is it clean?  Or is there a bunch of hop matter and trub in it?
Will you make starters?
Store it on plates or in agar filled test tubes?
Then you hit things like viability and infection possibilities.

Basically, if you say you have a string and want to know how long it is, but I can't measure it, I can't answer the question. 

"How long is a string?" is snarky but it's one of the nicer ways the point can be made.  "How many licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop?" also comes to mind.  Others were often used by Dad's, uncles, older brothers that I really shouldn't post due to language and unattainable physical locations of bodily items.

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Re: On average how many pitches can you get from a pint of slurry
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2020, 09:04:23 PM »
While it's impossible to give an exact answer, it isn't like we're completely in the dark here. Very generally speaking, creamy freshly-harvested slurry will be somewhere in the 1-1.5 billion cells per mL range. If it's been stored long enough to separate, roughly double that. Since you're probably looking to pitch ~200 billion cells, a pint of slurry could do around 2-6 batches. I'd probably start with ~1/3 and rely on your flavor preferences to adjust from there.
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Re: On average how many pitches can you get from a pint of slurry
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2020, 09:34:00 PM »
so its an unanswerable question your saying? im a dumb a person excuse me

In a way, it is.  There is so much "it depends" to it.

Speaking only for myself and my own experience:  Questions like this just lead to ask more questions. 

For instance: 
How full are the pint jars?
How many jars are there?
How thick is the slurry?
What yeast is it?
Is it clean?  Or is there a bunch of hop matter and trub in it?
Will you make starters?
Store it on plates or in agar filled test tubes?
Then you hit things like viability and infection possibilities.

Basically, if you say you have a string and want to know how long it is, but I can't measure it, I can't answer the question. 

"How long is a string?" is snarky but it's one of the nicer ways the point can be made.  "How many licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop?" also comes to mind.  Others were often used by Dad's, uncles, older brothers that I really shouldn't post due to language and unattainable physical locations of bodily items.

I'll stop, but sometimes a comment is just a sort of funny comment.

Paul

Snarky was the last thing I had in mind, so I apologize. I thought it was kind of humorous and light.
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Re: On average how many pitches can you get from a pint of slurry
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2020, 10:00:05 PM »
If I were you, I would try to leave the break and dead cells behind in the fermenter that is why I always start with 5.25 galllons.  I rack 5 gallons to a soda keg before taking the fermenter and swirling the dregs into suspension.  The break, hops, and dead yeast cells will settle out within five minutes,   I pour the top-most 300ml into a 500ml Erlenmeyer flask.   That yields about 150ml of thick slurry, which is easily enough for a 5 to 6-gallon batch.  Unless one is brewing every week or two, serial repitching is preferred to splitting a crop into multiple crops.   Serial repitching is definitely the way to go with top-cropped yeast.

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Re: On average how many pitches can you get from a pint of slurry
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2020, 02:07:09 PM »
I used the same slurry 5 times this summer. I only stopped at five because the last one I left in the fridge far too long and the resulting beer had a very sour, funky character... and not in a good way.
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Re: On average how many pitches can you get from a pint of slurry
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2020, 05:01:01 PM »
While it's impossible to give an exact answer, it isn't like we're completely in the dark here. Very generally speaking, creamy freshly-harvested slurry will be somewhere in the 1-1.5 billion cells per mL range. If it's been stored long enough to separate, roughly double that. Since you're probably looking to pitch ~200 billion cells, a pint of slurry could do around 2-6 batches. I'd probably start with ~1/3 and rely on your flavor preferences to adjust from there.

yup, basically what i was going to say. its one of the only things i guesstimate, because my brewing relies on reusing yeast, ive done it so many times.

i usually pour the yeast into a sanitized 500ml and stick it in the fridge. try my best to drain off any remaining beer on top of the sludge if its too strongly flavoured or very dark then dump most of the bottle into a chilled wort. i dont have any problems with off flavours or hitting an appropriate FG at this ratio of ~400ml slurry to 19 litres of wort.

i think its slight overpitching, so a 1/2 pint to 3/4 pint are probably about right.