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Old 12-03-2011, 03:19 AM   #1
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Default What's the layer of sludge at the bottom?

Dumb question, I know- Not so much on my beer batches.....but my more with my, um.....higher gravity brews, I get a good 1+ solid inch deep layer of medium brown creamy peanut butter on the bottom (almost exactly the consistency of peanut butter). What is that? Is that what Vegemite is made from?

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Old 12-03-2011, 03:22 AM   #2
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Your fermentor? That's trub, or yeast and hot and cold break materials.

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Old 12-03-2011, 03:25 AM   #3
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yup,,, yeast proteins hops,,, all that good stuff

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The technical term that you'll see used here on HBT and elsewhere is "yeast sediment." As was already stated, it's mostly a mixture of live and dead yeast with undissolved solids from the fermentation process.

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Old 12-03-2011, 04:04 AM   #5
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Is there anything you can do with this stuff? or, is it just to be washed with the bucket?

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You can look at the yeast washing sticky and wash the trub to seperate and harvest the yeast from everything else.

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yup wash and reuse yeast,,, funny kramer from big bear, kosmo kramer from upland ca.... i got my ferm fridge from arrowbear a couple weeks ago.... nice to meet ya local buddy

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Wash the yeast and compost the rest of the sludge. I'd bet your plants would love it!

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yup wash and reuse yeast,,, funny kramer from big bear, kosmo kramer from upland ca.... i got my ferm fridge from arrowbear a couple weeks ago.... nice to meet ya local buddy
Hmmmm, should I google "wash" and reuse the yeast? this time, I dumped it.....but figured I shouldn't, because it's 23% super-turbo yeast.

Upland eh? I used to live just off Euclid, a little below Baseline. If one must live in SoCal (and I think nobody should)....I think Big Bear is the place to be.
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