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Old 03-27-2013, 05:14 PM   #1
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I tried to wash my yeast, so I could reuse later, for the first time today. I've watched videos online, and it always seems they had a larger yeast layer. In my picture, the thin white line is my yeast, right? Seems like so little compared to what I've seen. Some info:

- 5 gallon IPA batch
- American 1056 yeast
- OG 1.060
- FG 1.020
- Did not do yeast starter (yes, I will do in future)
- 2 weeks in primary
- No secondary


If that white line is my yeast, will it be enough for my next 5 gallon batch?

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:25 PM   #2
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The white line is yeast yes, but there is tons of yeast in the darker layer, basically that entire thick slurry portion contains yeast, looks like you have plenty.

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:50 PM   #3
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So save the slurry? That is all the trub from the bottom of the bucket... Save it? Smells like the hops I used, bit of green from them too. Will that make a difference?

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Old 03-27-2013, 08:54 PM   #4
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So save the slurry? That is all the trub from the bottom of the bucket... Save it? Smells like the hops I used, bit of green from them too. Will that make a difference?
You could wash it and get the hoppy trub out.
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Old 03-27-2013, 11:13 PM   #5
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You could wash it and get the hoppy trub out.
Wash just the slurry again? And then add it to the white top?
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:19 AM   #6
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Ie been pitching yeast slurry that dirty into my beers, I just make sure they are as hoppy as the batch the yeast came from, or just not a lightly hopped style. They've been some of the best beers I've made yet. If you want to wash it again feel free but I wouldn't be too worried as long as you use it soonish.

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Old 03-28-2013, 11:24 AM   #7
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How big is that jar? When I wash yeast I put it in pint mason jars and there is only 1/2 an inch of yeast on the bottom of the jar. I decant the brown water off the top warm it up and pitch it into a 1500 ML or so starter when I'm ready to use it, works great every time.

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That's plenty, I've used the same amount (from what i can tell with the size of that jar) and made a starter with it...it took off like always, crazy, and made a fine beer. I would consider using it in another IPA though.

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Old 03-29-2013, 08:31 PM   #9
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Thanks, I'll try that!

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Dracut, MA. thats not far from me any more problems give me a shout on the PM.

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