Originally Posted by nspringstead
That is a darker beer to lighter beer for the yeast cake which may lead to off tastes right? Better to wash yeast and make a starter, which is what I normally do. Just looking for other ideas.
I wouldn't think that a pint of "darker" beer in let's say 5 gallons of lighter beer is going to be noticeable. At all.
You're bigger problem is over-pitching.
For detailed information: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f163/why-not-pitch-your-yeast-cake-166221/
When I do this, I typically throw out about (read "at least") half of the yeast cake to avoid this problem.
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