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Old 12-30-2008, 05:08 AM   #1
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Picked up a bottle tonight and wanted to try out the yeast starter kit I got for Christmas. I read through the posts here about harvesting from the bottle, and was unsure about one thing:

After I make the starter and the yeast gets active, is there anyway to wash and store it? I would like to use it, but not sure what I would use it for yet. Plus, it would be pretty cool to say I've got some yeast from Duvel in my fridge.

I'm wondering if I can get the starter going, let it fall out and then proceed to wash it as usual. Any thoughts?

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Old 12-30-2008, 05:21 AM   #2
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I wouldn't wash it, I'd step it up and then just pitch it. I'd pour the bottle and leave about an ounce of beer in the bottom. I'd flame the mouth of the bottle, make about 50mL of starter wort and pitch the beer/yeast slurry into the wort. After fermentation decant off the top liquid and pitch the yeast into a pint starter. I'd then repeat this with a 2 liter starter before pitching into a 5 gallon beer.

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Old 12-30-2008, 05:26 AM   #3
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Well the issue I'm having is that I don't know when I would get to actually use the yeast (don't know when or what I'll be brewing next)...thats why I was hoping I could get it going in a starter, then wash it and store it. Is this possible or should I just leave the lovely bottle of Duvel in the fridge until it's closer to brew time?

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Old 12-30-2008, 05:49 AM   #4
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Drink the Duvel a week or two before brewing. It's pretty hard to contaminate yeast in the bottle, but I know I've screwed up yeast by trying to store it after fermentation.

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1. Drink Duvel now
2. Before you are ready to brew w/ the yeast, buy another Duvel and culture the yeast then

or....

1. Drink Duvel now
2. When you're ready to brew, buy a vial of WLP570

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Old 12-30-2008, 03:00 PM   #6
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Slants for medium term (3 months) storage and 10% sucrose solution or distilled water for longer term storage.

If you don't want to take yeast culturing that far but still want to step up to a starter from the bottle, buy another Duvel closer to when you want to brew.

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Old 12-30-2008, 06:43 PM   #7
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I just have to reiterate the most important information related in this thread thus far. What ever you do, drink that Duvel now!

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Old 12-31-2008, 05:59 AM   #8
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I just have to reiterate the most important information related in this thread thus far. What ever you do, drink that Duvel now!
Lol. I've actually never had one, which is why I picked it up from the new Ale House that opened up near me. I was more pumped when I saw that it was bottle conditioned and hoped that I could use the yeast. Maybe I'll crack it open tomorrow to celebrate the New Year and get another one before brewing again. At least then I'll have a good excuse to drive half an hour for beer (which I guess I really don't need an excuse for ). Currently enjoying the Barleywine Ale from Rock Art Brewing, but the Duvel might have to be opened soon.

What type of beer could I use the Duvel yeast for?
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I got a bottle of this right now I'm gonna drink and was wondering about this. Did anyone harvest the yeast and how did it turn out? Someone was telling me that the yeast in Duvel might be a champagne type yeast they added only for bottling.

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Old 03-12-2009, 03:52 AM   #10
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nope, they bottle condition with top-cropped yeast from a later batch. So if you get a fresh bottle the yeast should still have some viability.

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