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Old 04-08-2014, 10:55 PM   #11
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100 ml at what gravity? I normally I start bottle cultures with 30-50ml at 1.040, but my most recent I tried it as a two step. 100ml at 1.020 to 1500ml at 1.040. The first step was still within the mentioned timeframe, and the ferment is just starting to slow down now.

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Old 04-08-2014, 11:46 PM   #12
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I too harvested from two hearted. Started with 250 mls @1.020 and went up from there, no problem.

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I have just done it using amber ale. Worked fine and stepped up twice nicely.


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100 ml at what gravity? I normally I start bottle cultures with 30-50ml at 1.040, but my most recent I tried it as a two step. 100ml at 1.020 to 1500ml at 1.040. The first step was still within the mentioned timeframe, and the ferment is just starting to slow down now.
1.015-1.020. Here's what I did:

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Old 04-09-2014, 12:55 AM   #15
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Okay, I think I see why there's a noticable difference. If I start at 100+ ml I use the stirplate on low speed. Less than 100 I pour it into a bottle. I also dont really worry about it other than to shake it occasionally until I pitch to a stirred step. I do expect those to be active within about 2 hours however.

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Sure you can.

I harvested from two bottles of Two Hearted because that's all I could find. Spun it up on a stir plate. Not much evidence of activity after two days. Stepped it up. Good tan yeasty color after a couple more days on the stir plate. Pitched it into a Two Hearted clone and it was fantastic.

I've harvested Conan before too. Just try to get it as fresh as you can and be patient stepping it up and letting it develop on the stir plate.

This was pretty straight forward.

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It's always worth trying the brewery if you have yeast questions. A lot of them are really cool, and have no problem sharing information with homebrewers.

Hater - how big of a starter did you use? I very rarely see that kind of delay on bottle cultures. All personal experience of course, but I've grown more pitches from bottles than I've purchased.
I used a 1200ml starter at 1.030. It worked great and got more than enough yeast to split 3 ways. I made another starter then and pitched that last weekend and it had my 1.054 batch going strong in 12 hours.
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How did your beers turn out with this yeast? Harvested the yeast from a sixer of smitten, pitched into 300ml of 1.020 and had activity within a day. Added another 500ml of 1.020 and let that go a day then pitched it into a 1.020 1L starter. Took right off. Split that starter in half and made a 1.5L 1.040 starter for brew day. We have a 2 hearted recipe that went from 1.066 to 1.015 with this yeast and will be dry hopping it tomorrow hopefully. Early tasting results seem pretty clean with a light orangey citrus flavor. Fermentation started at 64 and ramped to 68 by the end.

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No complaints. The Two Hearted clone I used it in came out very good. Very similar to the real thing.

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No complaints. The Two Hearted clone I used it in came out very good. Very similar to the real thing.
good deal. I have another slurry of it spun up and ready for the next brew.
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