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Old 11-13-2011, 08:13 PM   #131
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Hey all,

I'm new to home brewing, and can't brew in my apartment, so as a project between brews I'm trying to harvest yeast from commercial beers. I'm trying a Heady Topper from the Alchemist in VT. It's a canned beer that is unpasteurized, but I'm not sure if it's can conditioned (of if that's even possible).

Added to that I'm using a Malta Goya starter (2:1 ratio MG:Water, boiled to sanitize and release carbonation). I've heard people have had luck with that.

Has anyone tried harvesting from a can? Oskar Blues maybe? Just wondering if this is a waste of time. I've got a control starter from a home brew that should work, so if that takes off and my Heady Topper doesn't I think I'll have my answer.

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Old 11-13-2011, 10:31 PM   #132
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I've got the same type of starter with some pacman bubbling away.

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Old 11-13-2011, 10:43 PM   #133
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Drinking my dark Belgian I made with my yeast harvest from a bottle of ommegangs Abby ale and-it-is-good!

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Old 11-13-2011, 10:58 PM   #134
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LowOg - although it's not pasturised it'll be filtered and I bet if you got it under a microscope you'd find yeast but you'll never have enough to harvest.

At work we centrifuge beer before bottling, that leaves a small amount of yeast but not enough to deposit any on the bottom of the bottle.

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Old 11-13-2011, 11:36 PM   #135
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Enough to possibly plate it?

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Old 11-14-2011, 12:02 AM   #136
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I definitely have a good amount of sediment, but time will tell if any of it is usable yeast.

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Old 11-14-2011, 12:10 AM   #137
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I have a starter going from the dregs of 2x 12oz bottles of Long Trail Ale unfiltered IPA.

I have a mixed case of Rouge bombers, I'm planning to get some Pac-Man going next!

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Old 11-14-2011, 04:37 AM   #138
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The pacman seems eager and a breeze to do but it seems to keep a ton of CO2 in solution.

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Old 11-14-2011, 08:58 PM   #139
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  • Edelweiss Weissbier plated and slanted. Growing strong.
  • Tree Brewing Co Heffeweizen Wheat Ale. Plated and slanted. Growing strong.
  • Brew Dog. Not working. Dead or screwed up. Will try another bottle.
  • Chimay Blue. Plated and slanted. Grew just fine.
  • Chimay Yellow. Plated but hasnt grown yet. Probably old bottles. Will incubate for another few days as its still too early to tell. Same strain as blue but proves not all bottles that are harvestable can be. Try try again!
  • Fullers 1845. Plated but hasn't grown. More time.
  • Samuel Smith India Ale. Plated but hasn't grown. More time.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:54 PM   #140
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I was going to buy one of the Chimay's for giggles as I've never tried any of it but the whole color thing threw me for a loop. I was torn between the Red (would seem the most viable as it's the youngest) and the Blue (which I figure they might add yeast again to condition but it's just a guess). They are all three the same strains aren't they?

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