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Old 02-16-2010, 04:17 PM   #1
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Since the yeast is the thin layer at the bottom, how small a jar can be used to save washed yeast?

I have been using pint mason jars, but have been looking at the tiny "jelly" jars. These are canning jars a little bigger than baby food jars. They would fit in the bottom of my kegerator perfectly.

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Old 02-16-2010, 04:20 PM   #2
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as long as all the yeast will fit there is no such thing as to small a jar.

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Old 02-16-2010, 04:33 PM   #3
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I havent done anything further than save containers yet. But I have been saveing and delabeling white labs yeast viles for this purpose in the future.

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The 4 oz. Jelly Jars work great, especially if you want to build a yeast bank with lots of variety.

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I have all sorts of sizes, it all works. Just need to be sanitizable.

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I have actually considered picking up like a case of baby food and eating it just to get the jars.

I have yeast saved in pint mason jars as well, but they take up way too much space, and I've actually been letting my yeast bank fade away as I have been just pulling out jars and not replacing them, because of the space issue.

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I have actually considered picking up like a case of baby food and eating it just to get the jars.
I started out using the baby food jars and getting the lids to seal properly is a real hassle. The threads just do not line up easily. Jelly jars are about the same price and work far, far more reliably.
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I have actually considered picking up like a case of baby food and eating it just to get the jars.

I ate a few jars with once on a dare, as long as its not one with carrots they dont taste bad. They do how ever give you gas.
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+1 on 4 oz jelly jars, I paid $8 (I think) for a flat of 12. Work great, I use a 1 gallon jug to wash, then a 1/2 gallon jug for a 24 hr cold crash to get the yeast out, you can get a lot of yeast in the jars if you decant most of the beer/liquid off before re-suspending and transferring to the jars. Mine end up 2/3 (2.5-3 oz) full of compacted yeast.

(Sometimes you don't need a starter per Mr malty if you use the slurry soon enough. If you trust your sanitation and such.)

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+1 on 4 oz jelly jars, I paid $8 (I think) for a flat of 12. Work great, I use a 1 gallon jug to wash, then a 1/2 gallon jug for a 24 hr cold crash to get the yeast out, you can get a lot of yeast in the jars if you decant most of the beer/liquid off before re-suspending and transferring to the jars. Mine end up 2/3 (2.5-3 oz) full of compacted yeast.

(Sometimes you don't need a starter per Mr malty if you use the slurry soon enough. If you trust your sanitation and such.)
Yeah, I tried dumping some washed 3068 straight into a batch of Hefe Saturday, with no starter. Fermentation was delayed by about 6 hours or so, but it's going strong now.

I didn't know those little jars were so cheap. I'll be picking up some!

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