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Old 11-16-2009, 05:18 PM   #1
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Default Pitch Barleywine onto APA yeast cake?

Do I need to worry about washing the yeast or is the flavor from the BW going to cover anything the all Cascade APA will try to contribute?

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Old 11-16-2009, 05:49 PM   #2
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How long was the APA fermenting? I'd say just toss it on except for the slim possibility of decaying yeast cells (autolysis?). If the APA was fermenting for a full month & you were planning on the same or longer without use of a secondary for the BW, you could get some stinky dying yeast cells. But in most cases you'll be fine just tossing it on.

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Old 11-16-2009, 07:03 PM   #3
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The APA has been on the yeast 2 weeks and I'm not brewing the Barleywine until Nov 25th. The BW will be in primary for a month. Maybe I should wash the yeast.

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I'd go for it. Around here, my impression is that autolysis is not a problem until you're in the 6+ month range.

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Old 11-16-2009, 08:13 PM   #5
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Even if it did pick up a little Cascade aroma by the time it's done aging, no problem.

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Old 11-16-2009, 09:25 PM   #6
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Even if it did pick up a little Cascade aroma by the time it's done aging, no problem.
That's what I was thinking.
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:26 PM   #7
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Personally, I'd wash the yeast. Just because it's so easy to do. And it's kinda fun.

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I just pitched a BW onto an All Nugget hopped APA/IPA yeast cake. Sucker took off in under 2.5 hours. I also used Nugget as the bittering in the BW so I had little concern.

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Old 11-16-2009, 09:42 PM   #9
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I'd recommend using mr malty's pitching rate calculator to find out how much yeast slurry you need to repitch. I wouldn't be surprised if an entire yeast cake is overpitching, even for a barleywine. I think people around here are way too nonchalant about repitching onto yeast cakes. Sure, you'll definitely get awesomely rapid fermentation, but overpitching has other consequences like decreased esters. Always use proper pitching rates.

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I'd wash the yeast, it only takes a few minutes.

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