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Old 04-22-2012, 01:58 AM   #11
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Cool thanks. They look good but I'll give them the smell test first.

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Old 04-22-2012, 02:04 AM   #12
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I'm going to go against the collective wisdom here and say that you are probably fine straight pitching the yeast.

We cultivate yeast from bottles, many of which have sat around at room temperatures for months, occasionally years.

Yeast survives fine in starters and fermenters for weeks at room temperatures.

Yes, the viability goes down, but not much. Not having alcohol reduces the protection f=rom contamination, but of you sanitized well, you should be fine.

If you are confident in your sanitation procedures (containers and water), just drain off the water and straight pitch.


Hell Yeah!!!! Now that's what I wanted to hear!!

I'm a pretty lazy person so I wanted to save large amounts and pitch without a starter until I get stuff to do starters. I realize that I don't have to have a flask and stirplate to do a starter but I don't have any DME at all but I do have ingredients for another batch of beer.

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Old 04-22-2012, 02:04 AM   #13
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Before you make a starter, you should decant off the liquid above the yeast from the mason jar, no sense in throwing that in.

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Old 04-22-2012, 02:29 AM   #14
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Got it. Thanks. I just combined the two smallest and have 3 almost full of liquid and a pretty good bit of yeast each. It smelled about the same as it did when I harvested it. I put them in the fridge.

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Okay I didn't make a starter and pitched the two smallest jars into 5.5 gals of 1.031 wort. I took them out of the fridge and poured off the water/beer and let them warm up closer to pitch time I put them in some warm water. I shook them up and pitched. This morning the airlock was full and bubbling over and the lid was about to blow off. When I poured off the excess liquid it smelled really good. I think with a little tweaking that this process will work fine. I'm guessing I could go with about half of what I used next time.

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