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Old 10-12-2008, 04:44 PM   #1
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So I washed some yeast a little while back and feel the need to fire it up! I'd really like to brew a small 2.5 gallon test batch for a recipe I've been working on. The question is: Do you think I could decant and pitch it without using a starter since it's a half batch of a small beer? Any ponderings would be great!

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I would not recommend it. I recommend making a starter to prove the yeast viability.

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I think that depends on what you mean by "a little while back" and how much yeast you washed. I wash yeast from 5g batches, and end up with 4 jars, none of which contains enough yeast IMHO to brew a new batch. If the little while was more than a couple of weeks, I'd definitely make a starter, but if it was less than 2 weeks, and you collected enough, you may be able to get away without one.

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Old 10-13-2008, 04:06 PM   #4
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Sounds like it's probably best to make a starter. I washed it about a month ago from a 5 gallon batch into one mason jar so I could save some room in the fridge. Good to know!

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