First off, Hi Guys & Gals, I'm new here, and love brewing beer
I've never done the yeast starter thing before, mostly because of laziness I suppose, but have often considered racking freshly brewed wort onto an existing yeast cake.
I hear that racking to a fresh yeast cake will get the fermentation process going faster, and will result in a lower FG; so I want to try it out, but have some questions. Here's what I'm working with:
I've got a Belgian Wit (Specialty grains with extract & belgian candi) fermenting in a 6.5g bucket as we speak. It's OG was @ 1.050 I'm planning on leaving the brew in there for a week and a half, and then racking to secondary. Before racking this beer to secondary, I was going to brew up another batch of the same beer, but with a higher OG (I'm shooting for at least 1.060).
Once I do
rack the 1st beer to secondary, I want to dump the higher gravity Belgian Wit wort on the yeast cake from the 1st batch.
Here are my questions:
1) Will dumping on the entire yeast cake be too much
for my 6.5g ale pail to handle with just an air lock, or will I have to rig up a blowoff tube?
2) If I scoop out (with a sanitized scooper of course) about half of the yeast cake, and then
dump the fresh wort on top, would I need a blowoff tube, or would my airlock be sufficient?
Thanks for your help!