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Old 11-13-2007, 05:33 PM   #1
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I just got about 1/2 mayonnaise jar of pure yeast from a brewery.(thanks a lot)
But now my question is: How much do I use to make a starter to pitch into my wort?

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Old 11-13-2007, 05:39 PM   #2
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if you just got it from a brewery, there's no need to make a starter (someone will probably disagree with me here) - that stuff is raring to go, and adding another step to the process will only be risking a possible infection...

Half a mayonnaise jar's worth? I think you could use less than 1/4 of that and have fermentation within hours. In fact, if I were you, I'd sanitize a few bottles and caps, and a funnel, and split that 4 or 6 ways. That way they stay sealed until you use them, or you can trade them off with other brewers for more. I'm up to 5 or 6 strains in my fridge, including 2 from brew pubs...

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Old 11-13-2007, 05:41 PM   #3
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http://www.mrmalty.com/calc/calc.html Look at the tab about re-pitching from a slurry. You will have to guess how concentrated the slurry is but it should help get you in the ballpark.
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Old 11-13-2007, 05:42 PM   #4
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Whatever you do, don't cap anything too tightly. An airlock would be best.

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Old 11-13-2007, 06:00 PM   #5
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I'd say about a half inch of that should be enough for 5 gallons, especially if you give it a small starter to wake it up.

probably something like a half cup's worth would be plenty.

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I pretty much always use yeast from the brewpub. I only live 7 blocks away, so when I flame out and have the wort chilling, I run down and fill a mason jar.

By the time I get home, the slurry has settled with foam on top and a good thick slurry underneath. I try to pitch about 1/2 cup of the thick stuff. (pretty close to mr malty's calculator)

The beer is usually rocking in 3-6 hours. But you'll definitely need a blow-off tube.

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Thank for all the help guys. Can't wait to put this yeast to good use.

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That's awesome!

How does one go about getting yeast from the brewpub...who the hell do you ask?

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