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Old 01-03-2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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First of all, I have never done this before. I have been homebrewing for 3 years and decided to start harvesting and reusing yeast. My first attempt will be a lager yeast. I read numerus posting on here, but I feel like I am missing something. I went to Mrmalty and it says to re-pitch a 5.25 gallon batch lager with OG of 1.048, on a relatively thick yeast, I will need around 110ML of yeast cake. This is half a mason jar (the half pint). This seems like a ton of yeast considering my dumps produce a small 1/8 to 1/4 inch layer. Is this right? I know it takes much more lager yeast than ale, but this would take me like 5 dumps just to get 1/2 that amount. I think this is also assuming no starter. Any help is appreciated.

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Old 01-04-2010, 08:05 PM   #2
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you can minimize the number of bumps needed by adding more yeast of the same variety that your using.

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Old 01-05-2010, 06:32 PM   #3
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what do you mean dumps? I use each culture of yeast about three times before I throw it out. Don't get technical about this pitching rate thing.

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Old 01-05-2010, 06:56 PM   #4
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By dumps, I am referring to the dump valve of my conical fermenter. I will "dump" it into a glass jar (sanitized) where I am trying to get a feel for how much yeast I get vs. how much I use. To be honest, I have not really read into the pitch rate thing, I am just trying to learn how to harvest my yeast

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