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Pulling Yeast
« on: September 11, 2015, 08:44:11 AM »
So my oktoberfest did not turn out like I wanted it to - finished around 1.015 and tastes very underattenuated. >:(

Despite it being late (doesn't really matter around here - our 'winter' is a mild fall to most of you out there), i am considering rebrewing my Fest since it is one of my favorites. 

My question is, I have a pils with 830 that is finishing up - it will be at the three week mark on Saturday - do you think it will harm the finishing/cleanup of the pils at all if I pull 400mL of yeast from the bottom dump valve?  Pils tasted great on a reading sample last night, though I am hoping for 1-2 more points of attenuation.
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Re: Pulling Yeast
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2015, 08:50:50 AM »
I doubt it'll harm it. 1.015 isn't crazy high for Ofest, although 1.012 is what I usually shoot for. My recent helles finished at 1.014, which makes me kinda mad, but hopefully it'll still taste good and not too sweet.
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Re: Pulling Yeast
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2015, 08:57:21 AM »
I agree but it tastes unfinished for lack of a better word.  Primaried for 4 weeks, second pitch of the yeast and the first beer turned out phenomenal, but I guess I screwed up something here.  It's drinkable but just not very enjoyable.
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Re: Pulling Yeast
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2015, 10:04:53 AM »
Pulling yeast from the bottom of a fermenting batch won't hurt.

Why not pull off the yeast and repitch into the Oktoberfest?
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Re: Pulling Yeast
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2015, 10:21:04 AM »
no issues that ive had doing this. doing it tomorrow with 833 from my o'fest and pitching into munich dunkel.
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Re: Pulling Yeast
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2015, 10:27:37 AM »
I agree but it tastes unfinished for lack of a better word.  Primaried for 4 weeks, second pitch of the yeast and the first beer turned out phenomenal, but I guess I screwed up something here.  It's drinkable but just not very enjoyable.
That's too bad. Maybe it'll improve with lagering?
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Re: Pulling Yeast
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2015, 10:35:09 AM »
I agree but it tastes unfinished for lack of a better word.  Primaried for 4 weeks, second pitch of the yeast and the first beer turned out phenomenal, but I guess I screwed up something here.  It's drinkable but just not very enjoyable.
That's too bad. Maybe it'll improve with lagering?

its lagered 10 weeks.  I'd thought by now it would have improved.  I might pick up some store bought fest and take another taste and compare - maybe my taster is just off right now.

Why not pull off the yeast and repitch into the Oktoberfest?

never really thought of that - these have been in kegs lagering for 2.5 months - i guess you'd warm them up a bit and pitch into the keg?
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Re: Pulling Yeast
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2015, 11:39:32 PM »
It's tastes too sweet but is it actually underattenuated by a gravity reading?
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