Originally Posted by nickelmcgee
I used a blow off tube and 1 gallon jar of star san solution to prevent my big beer 1.080 from blowing a lid. After the most active part of the fermentation I removed the jar and there was a ton of beautiful white yeast in the bottom. I put the lid on and stuck it in the frig. Would any of you attempt to wash, recover and reuse this yeast. Of course the gallon jug was opened to the atmosphere for almost a week and the yeast are in a star san solution.
I had this exact same thing happen to my last batch. The OG wasn't as high as yours only about 1.050, but I had a little over 5.5 gal in a 6.5 bucket. So only 1 gal of head space. Needless to say there was a ton of blow off into a jar of SS.
After about a week i saw that nice thick layer of yeast at the bottom of the jar. I just poured off the top liquid and it smelled exactly like the WL001 I used for the batch.
I was brewing again this week and took the yeast from the jar and some wort from my new batch to see if there were any active yeast. 12 hours on the stir plate and I had great results. Smells like fresh yeast to me. I'm planning on using what I collect from this starter in my next batch.
I'm also going to try and create a closed system where I can collect the blow off in a separate container free of SS.
Hope this helps.
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