Originally Posted by DrawTap88
How long did you let the first beer stay in primary before harvesting the yeast? I ask because if it was anything less than 7 days, you probably harvested a lot of dead/unhealthy/quick-to-flocculate yeast, which are less than ideal.
Also, did you make a starter?
I harvested the yeast after the beer was racked to secondary which was on day 14. That's appropriate, no?
Yep, I made a starter following Mr. Malty guidelines. I wonder, though, if I misconstrued the recommendation from there since I was making a starter from washed yeast rather than from a vial or smack pack. The starter I made was 1.5L which seemed plenty big for an OG <1.050 pitched into only 3 gallons of wort.