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Old 06-21-2007, 05:45 PM   #11
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HB99,

Was that yeast frozen or refrigerated? I was just going by what the wiki said which looks to have come from the Wyeast web site and it states the yeast should only be held for 1 month in the fridge. After that the cells can start breaking down the and the yeast won't be viable.

I'd like to start harvesting and reusing yeast but if it's really only good for one month then I don't brew anywhere near often enough to make use of washed yeast.

In doing some other reading on the net I found a couple sites that talked about building a big starter, splitting that into 3-4 containers and then brewing a batch from each of those. Has anyone attemped that and had any success?

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HB99,

Was that yeast frozen or refrigerated? I was just going by what the wiki said which looks to have come from the Wyeast web site and it states the yeast should only be held for 1 month in the fridge. After that the cells can start breaking down the and the yeast won't be viable.

I'd like to start harvesting and reusing yeast but if it's really only good for one month then I don't brew anywhere near often enough to make use of washed yeast.

In doing some other reading on the net I found a couple sites that talked about building a big starter, splitting that into 3-4 containers and then brewing a batch from each of those. Has anyone attemped that and had any success?
Just in the fridge. I have sucessfully used yeast that was expired over 1 year old!

I did have to make a starter about 4-5 days sooner than brewing, but I always plan for that. Following my own preaching...NEVER brew a batch without making a starter first to make sure the yeast is alive and good.

As for splitting a larger starter, I've done that, but you really end up with more yeast if you wash it from the primary. I've made a starter and re-filled the vial the yeast came in, but I did not split it into 4.

Dating your yeast samples is key to using the oldest first. Sometimes I'll combine 2-3 baby food jars into 1 batch just to use them because of the date, but I didn't have to...I ended up with new washed yeast after that batch anyway, just another generation.
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going to make my first starter ever later today....got a flask during lunch today, and some hopped DME!!!

woo WOOOO!

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You'll be impressed with how effective starters are. I did my first two these last two brews and both times they REALLY took off...steady bubbling in the first 3-5 hours.

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going to make my first starter ever later today....got a flask during lunch today, and some hopped DME!!!

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Where'd you find "hopped" DME? Not that I'd use anything pre-hopped, but I didn't know that animal existed...
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that's awesome to hear. I had someone tell me somewhere on her that when my BrewBabe understands a starter, and I have a pic of her pitching that instead of the 'slap pack,' then I will have reached a new level. Well......that time is coming!

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that's awesome to hear. I had someone tell me somewhere on her that when my BrewBabe understands a starter, and I have a pic of her pitching that instead of the 'slap pack,' then I will have reached a new level. Well......that time is coming!
The proof's in the picture...
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Where'd you find "hopped" DME? Not that I'd use anything pre-hopped, but I didn't know that animal existed...
yeah, I was talking to one of the guys at the LHBS and he said hopped DME over regular DME.....like I had any real clue, so I submitted and said sure!
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I know, I mean it's Thursday and all, but I got nothing to contribute yet
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That's right...Thirstday is new pic day!!
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