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sdp07d 01-21-2013 11:14 PM

Trub vs Yeast
 
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I attempted washing yeast for the first time yesterday and I followed the yeast washing illustrated instructions. It seems to have worked well. I left a lot of trub in the large jar that I used. After moving the yeast into the smaller jars and letting them settle in the fridge overnight I am not sure if I have too much trub mixed with my yeast still. The sediment at the bottom appears to be very creamy throughout.

Is there too much trub in the jar?
Should I wash it again before making a starter?
Could it be so dark on the bottom because I harvested it from a dark beer?

TBaGZ 01-21-2013 11:52 PM

Picture?

WoodlandBrew 01-22-2013 12:12 AM

Keep in mind that 95% of the viable yeast goes down the drain using that method. If you are really strapped for space, and don't mind doing a large starter then it might be of some value.

See here:
http://woodlandbrew.blogspot.com/2012/12/yeast-washing-exposed.html

and here:
http://woodlandbrew.blogspot.com/2013/01/yeast-washing-revisited.html

CadillacAndy 01-22-2013 12:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WoodlandBrew
Keep in mind that 95% of the viable yeast goes down the drain using that method. If you are really strapped for space, and don't mind doing a large starter then it might be of some value.

See here:
http://woodlandbrew.blogspot.com/2012/12/yeast-washing-exposed.html

and here:
http://woodlandbrew.blogspot.com/2013/01/yeast-washing-revisited.html

Both were very good reads. Thanks for sharing. It will change the way I rinse my yeast.

WoodlandBrew 01-22-2013 12:21 AM

Thanks Cadillacandy,

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Silverbullet 01-22-2013 12:58 AM

With all due respect WoodlandBrew, I've washed and reused yeast for many many batches successfully. I've taken single smack packs and turned them into several liters of viable yeast after an initial low gravity batch. I don't have any scientific numbers, but I don't think I've ever lost anywhere near 95% of the viable yeast.....

sdp07d 01-22-2013 01:07 AM

I forgot to post a picture. I'll get it posted later tonight after I get home.

sdp07d 01-22-2013 04:10 AM

I posted a picture in my original post. Mostly I'm worried about excess trub since I didn't leave it in the kettle.


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