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PaulSarge 12-28-2012 09:22 PM

Brettanomyces dregs in the primary ... what to do?
 
Apologies if this is well discussed on another thread. I am going to rack to secondary a 5 gallon batch of brett belgian very soon. It spent 4 weeks in the primary and the fermentation is complete.

My question is, what is a good recommendation for the dregs? I dont have a beer ready to pitch onto it but figure there is some room for an experimental batch in the near future. Should I save it or pitch over it? Ideas and thoughts appreciated : )

Calder 12-28-2012 11:48 PM

When you have racked the beer, swirl up the yeast and remaining liquid to make a slurry and pour into 2 sanitized quart mason jars. Store in fridge and vent every few days.

Should keep for a month without any issues. Just use one of the jars to start a new beer.

badlee 12-29-2012 02:09 PM

I would say a strong hoppy brown with most,if not all of the ibus coming in the last 15 mins.

WoodlandBrew 12-29-2012 04:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Calder (Post 4723808)
When you have racked the beer, swirl up the yeast and remaining liquid to make a slurry and pour into 2 sanitized quart mason jars. Store in fridge and vent every few days.

Should keep for a month without any issues. Just use one of the jars to start a new beer.

This is the same as what I would do.

It should last several months.

PaulSarge 12-30-2012 07:37 PM

thanks! I read somewhere that I can keep in a mason jar but I didnt know if it needed and airlock or venting. Any recommendations on the type of beer to pitch it into? Brett can be a little funky so I'd want to know that I was helping a beer and not hurting it :P.

TNGabe 12-30-2012 07:58 PM

Is this just brett or a brett/sacc blend? If it's the former, it's best kept at room temp rather than in the fridge.

If you're new to rinsing yeast, check out this thread.

WoodlandBrew 12-31-2012 10:29 AM

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Originally Posted by TNGabe (Post 4729211)
Is this just brett or a brett/sacc blend? If it's the former, it's best kept at room temp rather than in the fridge.

I've never heard that, why is that?

Quote:

If you're new to rinsing yeast, check out this thread.
I've never been able to measure any benefit of water washing yeast. It only succeeds in putting 95% of the viable cells down the drain IME.
http://woodlandbrew.blogspot.com/2012/12/yeast-washing-exposed.html

TNGabe 12-31-2012 10:42 AM

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Originally Posted by WoodlandBrew (Post 4731109)
I've never heard that, why is that?


I've never been able to measure any benefit of water washing yeast. It only succeeds in putting 95% of the viable cells down the drain IME.
http://woodlandbrew.blogspot.com/2012/12/yeast-washing-exposed.html

It's cause Chad Yakobsen says so. I don't know why.

Are you trying to say there is just as much non-yeast matter in the clean, white yeast I get after rinsing as in the yeast cake/trub I rack off of? If so, I don't believe that.

cluckk 12-31-2012 10:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WoodlandBrew (Post 4731109)
I've never been able to measure any benefit of water washing yeast. It only succeeds in putting 95% of the viable cells down the drain IME.
http://woodlandbrew.blogspot.com/2012/12/yeast-washing-exposed.html

Actually, the post you reference here recommends pouring off the liquid. It simply recommends it for a reason different than usually given. It says to do this to reduce bacteria--which is itself a good thing.

WoodlandBrew 12-31-2012 11:02 AM

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Originally Posted by cluckk (Post 4731121)
Actually, the post you reference here recommends pouring off the liquid. It simply recommends it for a reason different than usually given. It says to do this to reduce bacteria--which is itself a good thing.

Yes, that is what I have seen.

The part that I call "water washing" also commonly refereed to as "yeast washing" or "yeast rinsing" that wastes viable yeast is allowing some of it to settle and pouring off the top in a container to save. This is what dumps 95% of the viable cells down the drain.


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