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Old 02-15-2013, 02:49 PM   #11
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I imagine I'm too late at this point, but your process sounds very reasonable. The only part I might adjust would be where the 1 gallon slurry resides for the 20-30 minute settling period. I like the idea of a glass gallon sized container with a wide mouth (e.g. costco-sized pickle jar), but if you don't have something like that then the bucket will work fine.
it is too late, but it worked out well! i have a 2000ml flask that i filled, boiled, and cooled. I added that water to my fermentor, mixed it well with a plastic spoon so everything was suspended, then let it settle for about 15. it really separated nicely. I poured that off into another sanitized container and let that one settle for about 20 minutes. finally, i poured the liquid off that one into my original flask and tossed it in the fridge. the patty on the bottom is good sized and very white compared to the sludge it came from. i plan on decanting and pitching it tonight! i think the first time i washed yeast i was inexperienced and seemed a bigger pain than it truly is. this time was a piece of cake (literally?) and it was made even easier by the fact that i was bottling and already had all of my gear out anyways.
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:07 PM   #12
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Very nice! I think you'll have great results. Let us know how it all turns out in a few weeks.

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Old 02-17-2013, 03:49 PM   #13
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I'm a bit concerned. I brewed it Friday night. It's Sunday morning and I have not so much as a bubble coming out my blowback tube. Thinking it might be a bad lid I cracked it to see if there was any activity beneath. Nothing. I'm thinking I better stop by the brew shop this afternoon and grab a vial or two of yeast. I can't for the life of me think of a reason why I don't have at least a bit of fermentation going.

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Old 02-17-2013, 07:41 PM   #14
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Did you see a krausen ring inside your bucket? A krausen ring would look like gunk stuck to the sides of the bucket anywhere from 1/2 inch to several inches above the liquid. It might be a little bit of gunk or a lotta bit of gunk.

Does it smell like beer in the bucket or not?

If you can post a picture of the inside of your bucket for folks to look at it might help; might.

This is a long time for nothing to have occurred.

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Old 02-18-2013, 05:06 AM   #15
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no krausen, nothing. totally dead. i went to the brew shop and snagged to vials of the same yeast and pitched them both. i'm not sure where i messed up, but it had to be the yeast. the beer turned out huge (1.085) and one fresh vial wouldn't be enough so considering i had no sign of fermentation i bought two.

anyone ever have to repitch a day or two later? will the beer be affected?

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Old 02-18-2013, 04:33 PM   #16
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well, as suspected i re-aerated the wort and threw those two vials i purchased in and it's already fermenting this morning. apparently i did something to that yeast i washed that must have killed it or significantly dwindled its population. i wish i knew where i went wrong. normally i can pinpoint mistakes but i really am clueless on this one. at least the beer is fermenting and hopefully the delayed start won't mess it up noticeably.

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Old 03-27-2013, 03:50 AM   #17
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when i cracked the lid to bottle i got a bad waft of sour smell and immediately was worried the batch was a goner. after a few seconds it was gone though. i racked it and took a taste before wasting any bottles and couldn't find anything notably wrong so i proceeded to bottle it after adding some cold brewed coffee. i'm drinking one right now as i write this. it turned out pretty darn good considering the mishap. i don't think i'll be washing yeast much anymore. the fact that i can't pinpoint where i went wrong and nearly ruined a batch makes it appear to be more of a pain than the $10 savings it worth.

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