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Old 10-20-2012, 06:05 PM   #1
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I have a question about harvesting yeast from a primary. I will be brewing a seasonal beer in the upcoming days and will be pitching pacman yeast that I am currently building up. I want to build up a nice collection of the yeast and was going to harvest a larger quantity from the upcoming brew but, what I am unsure of is if off flavors will follow the yeast when harvesting.

My upcoming brew will have ginger and a number of spices. If I harvest yeast from that batch can traces of the spices follow the yeast into other beers made?
Or will multiple yeast washing wash out those spices from the yeast?

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Old 10-25-2012, 11:55 AM   #2
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I would just make double the size if your starter and pitch half and save the other half. That way it's still clean yeast.

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Old 10-25-2012, 04:13 PM   #3
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Don't even need to double it.

Just save a small amount from the 'clean' portion you are building up (i.e. don't throw the entire starter into the ginger batch) and then build it up again. Easy as pie.

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