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Old 11-11-2012, 01:04 AM   #1
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Hi All, I'm very new to home brewing so please tell me what you think. I own a small centrifuge, not the type that you put a thousand little vials in either. It looks like one that a larger brewery might use, except it's made for small volume ideally 2L - 20L. It could do more, it would just take longer. So here's the question should I try it? Would you try it? If you would answer yes to either of those questions what type of beer would you use?
Thanks for the opinions

By the way I am currently making a dunkeweizen!! I will not clear that!



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Old 11-11-2012, 01:08 AM   #2
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As a chemist who uses them frequently, I have often wished I could use one to get the yeast out after fermentation. I would definitely use one.



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Old 11-11-2012, 02:53 AM   #3
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So what would you brew?

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Old 11-11-2012, 04:45 AM   #4
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I would be interested to see how a lager would turn out, let a few minutes of super high gravitational force do what a month of cold temps normally accomplishes.

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Oxygenation is your enemy with the centifuge. If you can avoid it, yes, it would do a great job

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Old 11-11-2012, 02:06 PM   #6
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A couple of thoughts:
1) if you are going to bottle condition, could this actually take enough yeast out of solution to make that process slow/difficult
2)what a great way to collect yeast!
3)post pics and results!

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Ok, so I'll try it, and I'll take pictures. It will be a while before I make a lager, unless there is someone in the San Diego area that wants to volunteer their brew.

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I'd definitely use the centrifuge to pellet yeast for freezing and long-term storage. Add some glycerol. As for trying to centrifuge beer to drink--sounds like more trouble than it's worth. If you do it, let me know how it works out--he says, starting to wonder how he could justify the purchase of a centrifuge.

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Old 11-13-2012, 12:19 AM   #9
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collecting the yeast will be interesting since I'll have to scrape it off of the bowl afterwards. The centrifuging the beer should be really easy. My centrifuge has two separate tri-clamp connections one supply, and one return. The return will clear beer. I think if I prime the equipment first it will minimize the introduction of air to the beer. I'm wondering if there will be enough yeast left to bottle condition since I don't have kegging equipment. So I have one vote for clearing a Lager, any other suggestions?

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...I think if I prime the equipment first it will minimize the introduction of air to the beer...
I am not sure what you plan to do to prime, but what I seems to be the case in larger breweries is they fill the vessel with water to remove the air, then push the water out with CO2 or N2 to leave an inert atmosphere.


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