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Old 12-17-2012, 02:18 PM   #1
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Default Handling yeast for 1 gallon batches

I wanna brew a few 1 gallon batches of beer and I'm almost set up, I just have a couple questions about using yeast at this quantity:

1. According to the recipe, I'm supposed to add 1/2 pack of Wyeast or White Labs yeast. That's fine I can do that, but what is the best way to store the other half of the packet containing the yeast that I am not using? I'm pretty cheap, and would hate to see those yeasties just wind up in the trash!

2. Is it even worth it to make a starter?

3. On bottling day, will this batch yield enough yeast for me to wash and store it for later use, or is the quantity too small for such things? I've only just started washing yeast and just decanted it a few times from a 5 gallon batch into 2 mason jars.

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Old 12-17-2012, 02:41 PM   #2
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1) White labs vials work great for storage of small amounts of yeast. Add a little water on top before puting it in the fridge. if you don't have one then a jam jar or small mason jar works great.

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2) I don't think so, but someone else will probably say yes. The way I see it is that you want the right pitch rate. Cell counts I have done indicate that there are very close to 100 billion cells per vial in White Labs products, just like they advertise. Making a starter adds an unnecessary variable in cell count and wastes time and money.

http://woodlandbrew.blogspot.com/201...-starters.html

3) Yes, there will be plenty of yeast. Think of it as a one gallon starter.

How many cells you might end up with:
http://woodlandbrew.blogspot.com/201...y-starter.html

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Old 12-17-2012, 03:29 PM   #3
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Awesome, thanks a ton! Feelin' way better about this project now

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