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Harvesting Yeast
« on: January 17, 2011, 03:54:52 PM »
I have the perfect opportunity to harvest and reuse, the same day. There's a 5g batch that will be ready to go to secondary on Wed or Thu, and I plan on doing a 10g batch of the same APA one of those days. The way I look at it, the sediment on the bottom of the primary fermenter (Wye 1056) is just a big ass starter and I can divvy it in two and pitch it in the two primary fermenters......

Am I thinking wrong?
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Re: Harvesting Yeast
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2011, 04:10:33 PM »
IMO, no.
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Re: Harvesting Yeast
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2011, 04:11:17 PM »
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Re: Harvesting Yeast
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2011, 04:11:52 PM »
IMO, no.

No, I'm not thinking wrong, or no you can't do that?
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Re: Harvesting Yeast
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2011, 04:15:01 PM »
No, you're not thinking wrong. Yet... ;D
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Re: Harvesting Yeast
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2011, 04:22:20 PM »
No, you're not thinking wrong. Yet... ;D

Stay tuned, when I brain fart I do it right.......... ;D
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Re: Harvesting Yeast
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2011, 06:41:44 PM »
Nope, nothing wrong with what you're thinking.
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Re: Harvesting Yeast
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2011, 07:20:22 PM »
mrmalty.com has a good yeast calculator.
You'll probably only need 1/3 for each 5 gallons.
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Re: Harvesting Yeast
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2011, 07:30:42 PM »
If you don't plan on using any of the yeast cake within the next few weeks then I would recommend using some of the yeast to grow up an appropriate starter instead. This will ensure that the yeast is healthy, alive and ready to go to battle.
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Re: Harvesting Yeast
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2011, 05:09:47 AM »
mrmalty.com has a good yeast calculator.
You'll probably only need 1/3 for each 5 gallons.

Yup, the boys were just explaining that on the BN episode quoted above......VERY helpful.
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Re: Harvesting Yeast
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2011, 07:01:23 PM »
OK, so I listened to the BN-cast, read all there was to read on Mr Malty and read all the pertinent passages in the texts I consider relevant..... Today I got the slurry out of the primary that I racked, thinned it, swirled it, and then (this is the hard part) decided whether it was thick or thin, and milliletered into the two fermenters I filled with todays 10G brew (same ale).....

It's bubbling two hours later......scary.... :o
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Re: Harvesting Yeast
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2011, 08:48:03 PM »
Guess you pitched enough then  ;)
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Re: Harvesting Yeast
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2011, 06:30:04 AM »
Guess you pitched enough then  ;)

That and the fact that it was alive and kicking coming straight out of a primary...... REALLY going to town now.  8)
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