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Old 07-06-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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Has anyone ever tried harvesting from a batch fermented with dry yeast? I just ordered ingredients for my first all-grain batch, and in the summer heat I didn't want to mess with liquid yeast via the mail. But I've been interested in harvesting and washing my own yeast. It is worth it to try a "dry run" (pardon the pun) with this batch?

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Old 07-06-2012, 10:54 PM   #2
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Yes you can. In fact tomorrow will be my first attempt at washing safale 05

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Old 07-06-2012, 11:12 PM   #3
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I've done it. As far as I know there's no reason not to. As I understand it, conventional wisdom states that dry yeast is so cheap it's not worth harvesting. (The same is said for making a starter with dry yeast). OTH when has a home brewer ever listened to conventional wisdom???

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I harvest US-05 all the time. I feel that the 2nd & 3rd gen make the best beer.

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Its not dry yeast after you pitch it. After 3 generations, S04, provided you aren't contaminated at all, it becomes quite the formidable yeast. I prefer that of the yeast choices if I am using a dry yeast.

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I'm brewing this batch with Nottingham, per Northern Brewer's recommendation.

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I'm brewing this batch with Nottingham, per Northern Brewer's recommendation.
Notty gets better for many generations as well.
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Yeah, I dunno why everyone always looks at me strange when I say that I wash my S-05... The damn packets are like $5 now, and I currently have 10g of a Fixed Gear clone that is on its downward fermentation slope.... after only 23 hours! I don't even bother with "starters" anymore. Washed yeast cakes do the trick for most average gravity stuff.... (My average gravity is around 1.065, btw.) Anywho, I can split a washed cake two or three ways, and each split gets used three or four generations. Basically, I make a year's worth of beer with $5 worth of yeast and don't waste my time and money on starters anymore... Lolcats! Why wouldn't you harvest/wash the stuff?

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Yeah, I dunno why everyone always looks at me strange when I say that I wash my S-05... The damn packets are like $5 now, and I currently have 10g of a Fixed Gear clone that is on its downward fermentation slope.... after only 23 hours! I don't even bother with "starters" anymore. Washed yeast cakes do the trick for most average gravity stuff.... (My average gravity is around 1.065, btw.) Anywho, I can split a washed cake two or three ways, and each split gets used three or four generations. Basically, I make a year's worth of beer with $5 worth of yeast and don't waste my time and money on starters anymore... Lolcats! Why wouldn't you harvest/wash the stuff?
Agreed, I harvest every yeast I use, and usually have something going with US-05 so I just repitch slurry. If I need a yeast I have washed but not in active fermentation, I just siphon off enough wort from my current batch for a starter, dilute it, and pitch the washed yeast into the starter for the next brew session. Makes yeast essentially free after the first purchase of a strain. Actually, now that I think about it, I don't think I've purchased yeast in over a year
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I am going to brew a Saison using Safale T-58. When it is done I am going to wash, take some to freeze and reuse the washed yeast. I will make 4 vials to freeze.

Now I have to decide what to brew for the second batch.

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