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Old 05-31-2012, 05:55 PM   #1
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Default Reusing yeast cake from a sour beer

I recently got my first sour beer going using the Wyeast Lambic Blend. In the past I've washed yeast and reused it and I'm wondering if I can do that with this one. Does it make sense to trying washing yeast that has other bugs in it or should I just pitch another beer right on the yeast cake?

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I just pitch right back onto it. over time that cake will become invaluable

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Pitch right back on it. I've also used the dregs from that blend that came out of a bottle to innoculate a new batch. Took a little while to take off but it formed a pellicle after a few weeks.

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yeah, pitch right on it or maybe a mild wash to get some of the crap out of the mix, but probably doesn't matter. i also used that lambic blend and after transferring it to secondary, scooped a tupperware worth of the dregs from the primary and saved it for a month. i added it to a brew in a 3 gallon carboy and then left town for the weekend (leaving plenty of headspace). i came back and it had completely blown the airlock out (which was laying a couple feet away). that stuff is ravenous.

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Any particular styles this blend is well suited for? I'm thinking of doing a brown ale or a saison next and pitching onto this yeast cake.

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Lambic Blend is more of a barnyard/horsey/earthy and less sour than Roseleare, which is more of a complex sourness with an earthy background note.

That being said, I only use Lambic Blend for my lambics. What's so wrong with another one of those?

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That being said, I only use Lambic Blend for my lambics. What's so wrong with another one of those?
agreed, you could blend young and old
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agreed, you could blend young and old
I'm in the process of doing the same thing. Just need to brew another within the month and I'll have the perfect amount for a gueuze blended with 2 year, 1 year and 6 month old lambics.
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old school, NOICE!

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That being said, I only use Lambic Blend for my lambics. What's so wrong with another one of those?
Good point

Maybe I'll do another lambic on this one, and then a brown ale with Roselare.

I'm also thinking of doing an all Brett Strawberry Blonde using some organic strawberries donated from a friend's garden.

I see more carboys are in my immediate future...
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