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Old 01-15-2013, 05:38 AM   #1
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Everyone seems to harvest from the yeast cake of a prior batch. Why not make a slightly larger starter and just save 10-20% of that to use for a future starter? It seems like that would be way easier. Has anyone tried this?

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Old 01-15-2013, 05:42 AM   #2
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It's actually a fairly common practice, but for me since I started harvesting yeast I haven't had the need to make a starter so it's just easier for me to harvest at bottling time. Either one works just fine.

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Old 01-15-2013, 05:47 AM   #3
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I did this once. I made a Graff a little bit back and I knew I wasn't going to harvest the yeast from it, so I made a larger starter and kept part to use later..

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Old 01-15-2013, 05:58 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. If I were to take a small portion of a starter, put it in the refrigerator the use it a week later, is there a good way to estimate the number of cells left? Would a step up be needed if you started with, for example, 250ml of the original starter? Thanks again.

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Yea you would defenitly want to make a starter again to get the yeast active. Check out mrmalty. It says there are about 4.5 billion cells per ml of yeast solid.

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