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Old 09-15-2012, 01:08 AM   #11
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Well here is what I ended up with... Looks like it worked out ok... I'm sorta in experiment mode, I'm thinking about making a starter just to see what kind of activity I get... If I do, does it make sense to store the yeast from the starter? I suppose if I pitch a vial and let it go for 48 hours I will have more than I started with.

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Old 09-15-2012, 01:31 AM   #12
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Well here is what I ended up with... Looks like it worked out ok... I'm sorta in experiment mode, I'm thinking about making a starter just to see what kind of activity I get... If I do, does it make sense to store the yeast from the starter? I suppose if I pitch a vial and let it go for 48 hours I will have more than I started with.
Yes, that's how you step up starters. But I think you could make starters with each of those vials and use that to ferment a beer up to 1.060. Use 2 vials for higher gravity beers.

You can keep growing yeast but 10 generations is supposedly the limit as the yeast start to mutate and become bad yeast at that point.
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Old 09-15-2012, 01:45 AM   #13
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Thanks for the feedback, I think I'm going to do a starter with a vial and brew up a porter... I was just going to do a starter what better experiment that brewing a beer with the yeast I just washed!

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Old 09-15-2012, 03:40 PM   #14
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Well it looks thus far like I may have been somewhat successful harvesting yeast! Pitched one vial and woke up to this. Now what to brew this evening. I was thinking porter, might be nice as it will be ready right as Arizona is cooling down!

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Looks great! I rarely get that much krausen on a stir plate. I usually just get a little froth.

Arizona cools down? To what, 85°? ;-)

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Old 09-15-2012, 06:42 PM   #16
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Actually, we cool down pretty good during the winter. It's not uncommon to hit freezing temps for a while... It's not crazy compared to other places but most people are surprised by how cold it gets here.

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