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Old 12-22-2009, 09:04 PM   #1
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would it be a waste of time to wash dry yeast? i have a pale ale fermenting away and was wanting to make a stout right after and i used Notty. should i just quit being a cheap ass and shell out the $2 or give yeast washing a try? thanks

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Old 12-22-2009, 09:22 PM   #2
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I say, give it a try. In fact, I wouldn't even bother washing - just dump your stout on top of the yeast cake. Judging from own experience, of course. I'm sure more experienced brewers here will chime in with some solid facts and better advice.

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Old 12-22-2009, 09:23 PM   #3
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Use Tide with bleach.

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Old 12-22-2009, 09:26 PM   #4
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I say, give it a try. In fact, I wouldn't even bother washing - just dump your stout on top of the yeast cake. Judging from own experience, of course. I'm sure more experienced brewers here will chime in with some solid facts and better advice.
That is correct, no need to wash it. Just reuse the cake.

I haven't bought yeast in quite a while. I either reuse cakes or I wash the yeast cakes from my batches. I have 15 or so jars of washed yeast derrived from dry and liquid strains in my fridge. I even have one that I derrived from the sediment on the bottom of a bottle of a commercial beer.

Wash the yeast, save $$ and get higher pitch rates and shorter lag times.
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Old 12-22-2009, 09:29 PM   #5
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Pitching onto a previous cake is amazing.

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Old 12-22-2009, 09:31 PM   #6
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Pitching onto a previous cake is amazing.
+1, make sure to have enough headspace in your fermenter!
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Also, I have found that if I know I am going to be brewing a big beer..I will plan it so I brew a smaller beer of similar style first...so I have a nice yeast cake ready to tear into that high gravity wort. For example, I recently brewed a 1.051 OG nut brown using nottingham ale yeast, after it was done I pitched a 1.075 OG scotch ale onto the yeast cake.....virtually instant fermentation.

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Old 12-22-2009, 09:42 PM   #9
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Use Tide with bleach.
Caught me off-guard and nearly spit out my beer.
Excellent delivery, thank you!
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Old 12-22-2009, 09:48 PM   #10
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Default How long will they store?

How do you save your yeast cake? Add water and put it in a jar?

When do you decide to wash it?

How long will either method last in the fridge without needing a starter?

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