Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > macleod319's yeast washing pics and questions
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-11-2012, 12:02 AM   #1
macleod319
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Lemon Grove, CA
Posts: 64
Liked 5 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default macleod319's yeast washing pics and questions

Alright, so I followed Bernie Brewer's directions and washed for the first time. I made an Ordinary Bitter w/ WLP006, trying to determine if it's my "house strain" or not yet. Basically a 6 gallon starter to get a good amount of yeast.

After racking off and adding just the 4 pints of water, this is what I have. I propped up the side to get the trub and yeast into thicker layers...



After letting it sit for 20 minutes, this is what I ended up with...



Here's where I got stupid. How am I supposed to get the yeast out of there? I tried pouring the whole thing off, but the trub layer just resuspended. So I just said screw it and dumped the whole thing into my starter flask, and let it settle while I did other stuff for a little bit to let my brain roll it around.

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChillWill View Post
Stock market crashed? Hurricane warnings? Job sucks? Weather sucks? Friends busy?

None of that matters as I'm going to brew some beer with some loud rock music.
macleod319 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-11-2012, 12:03 AM   #2
macleod319
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Lemon Grove, CA
Posts: 64
Liked 5 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

After letting the flask settle, I decided I would try a couple different things out. I would siphon off two samples, use my "sampling" turkey baster and suck one out, and just dump the rest and see what I came up with.

Flask at 0, and +30 minutes. I didn't quite estimate the amount of liquid right, and the last couple ounces went on my workbench. I really hope this wasn't the good stuff.



Here is the flask after siphoning, before the baster. I let this settle for a few minutes before sticking the baster in and getting the white layer...



After I "basted" one jar, I dumped the rest into the last one. And here they are after being in the fridge for a couple hours. From L to R: Siphoned jars 1 and 2; "Basted" jar, and the rest. What do you think?

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChillWill View Post
Stock market crashed? Hurricane warnings? Job sucks? Weather sucks? Friends busy?

None of that matters as I'm going to brew some beer with some loud rock music.

Last edited by macleod319; 09-11-2012 at 12:08 AM. Reason: Because I can.
macleod319 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-11-2012, 12:28 AM   #3
ReverseApacheMaster
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Keller, Texas
Posts: 4,887
Liked 229 Times on 192 Posts

Default

You are getting way too much trub. You are either not letting it settle enough, being too violent with pouring out of the fermentor, or not using enough water for the amount you are trying to take.

From the pictures it is obvious you are not getting good, distinct layers. That says the most probably explanation is that you are screwing around with it too much instead of letting it sit and separate.

__________________
ReverseApacheMaster is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-12-2012, 10:42 PM   #4
macleod319
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Lemon Grove, CA
Posts: 64
Liked 5 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default Hang on a second...is this better?

There was minimal trub in this batch, so let me try a different set of pictures here. These are from a few minutes ago, appx. 50 hours after washing. Now what do you think?






In the group pic, I am planning on keeping the first two, maybe the third (from L to R). I can handle dumping the last one, becuase I'm still getting a 2 (or 3) for one on my yeast, and possibly creating a house strain if I can get my other recipes in order.

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChillWill View Post
Stock market crashed? Hurricane warnings? Job sucks? Weather sucks? Friends busy?

None of that matters as I'm going to brew some beer with some loud rock music.
macleod319 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-12-2012, 10:48 PM   #5
macleod319
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Lemon Grove, CA
Posts: 64
Liked 5 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

If anyone wants all the pics for reference...

http://s482.photobucket.com/albums/r...tember%202012/

__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by ChillWill View Post
Stock market crashed? Hurricane warnings? Job sucks? Weather sucks? Friends busy?

None of that matters as I'm going to brew some beer with some loud rock music.
macleod319 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 09-13-2012, 02:08 AM   #6
captainL
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 280
Liked 10 Times on 10 Posts

Default

Man I don't know. I washed my first yeast a few weeks ago and had the same problems. Didn't help it was a kolsch yeast. I say screw it. As long as the starter gets going a little trub ain't gonna hurt it.

__________________
captainL is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Yeast Washing Pics - Do I have enough yeast for a starter? scottvin Fermentation & Yeast 3 05-06-2012 11:40 AM
A few yeast washing questions... robjaws Fermentation & Yeast 5 02-28-2012 10:56 PM
Yeast Washing Questions smithn Fermentation & Yeast 7 09-07-2011 02:09 PM
a few questions about yeast washing. jonbomb Fermentation & Yeast 3 07-22-2010 04:01 AM
Washing dry yeast questions... Beavdowg Fermentation & Yeast 6 01-27-2010 10:10 PM