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Old 06-22-2011, 04:50 PM   #1
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Default Washing yeast that contains zest?

Fellow brewers,

I have a batch of lemon wheat with fresh lemon zest that's going to be kegged in about a week. Do you think the washed yeast will carry the lemon flavors with it? I didn't want those flavors to carry over because I will most likely be pitching the yeast into a different style?

Any advise or first hand experience would be appreciated. Thanks.



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Old 06-22-2011, 07:35 PM   #2
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The residual lemon oils would be too small to notice in you next batch IMO. Plus you are washing them which will futher dilute the oils. And further diluting in a starter.



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Old 06-23-2011, 01:13 PM   #3
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I think I will go ahead and wash it. If the washed yeast has a lemon aroma I may hold off. Or I can wash it and pitch it into my lemon wheat again.

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Good plan...

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I've never had a problem with flavors from one beer carrying over to the next. It's so diluted, and in the case of zest, most of the compounds have been used/exhausted. just use it.

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Update... I ended up washing the yeast and making a starter for my next batch. Can't really detect any lemon aroma in the starter wort. I think it should be OK. I will be sure to update once the batch is ready.

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Awesome. Looking forward to hearing how it goes. Good luck!



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