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Old 01-13-2013, 04:11 AM   #21
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Thanks for the replies guys. I am going to use the full vial. The OG of the beer is supposed to be 1.06-1.07. Is this going to be to much stress on the test to wash and reuse, even with a starter? Slowly building my stir plate, hope to have it working in a week or so.
You'll be fine at that OG to re-use
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:22 AM   #22
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What's taking so long? I built mine in less than 2 hours. I had to try a couple different power-packs to get the right speed. It did take a week to receive my flask and DME etc though.
A long, holiday vacation came up. Trying to find super magnets locally too.


The OG came out to be 1.072. Going to wash it in a few weeks and save it. How much can I divide the 2.5 gallon yeast cake into? If I divide the cake up into 2 mason jars, will one mason jar be strong enough of a starter later on?
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A long, holiday vacation came up. Trying to find super magnets locally too.


The OG came out to be 1.072. Going to wash it in a few weeks and save it. How much can I divide the 2.5 gallon yeast cake into? If I divide the cake up into 2 mason jars, will one mason jar be strong enough of a starter later on?
Find somebody that has an old hard drive. There are some nice magnets it there.

You can make starters from very small amounts of yeast. You will need to do step starters from small amounts. Homebrewers often start from the dregs from bottles.

For the 2.5 gallon I would split the cake in two parts. If you keep them for no more than 3 weeks in the fridge I would just warm it up and pitch it. If longer you could look at mrmalty.com and use the slurry tab and age to determine how much you are starting with and how much to build up to.
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Thanks for the advice!

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