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Old 08-19-2011, 05:02 AM   #1111
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It's always an option to grow up large starters, wash them and split them up in half-pints if you're worries about the multiple generation thing. More "siblings" and less "grandchildren" if you follow me...
Or you could skip the wash.
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Old 08-19-2011, 08:42 AM   #1112
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Or you could skip the wash.
You certainly could, but if you're "canning" the yeast for longer term storage, you'll have less growth/mutations in chilled/boiled/oxygen-free/nutrient-depleted water than you will in starter wort. Put those yeasties down for a good long nap. Either way you're putting the multi-generational worries at bay.
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:16 PM   #1113
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I don't think washing is the right word for that. That's just decanting off the liquid and replacing it with boiled/cooled water. I agree that's a good way to do it if you want to store it for a while.

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Old 08-19-2011, 07:07 PM   #1114
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I don't think washing is the right word for that. That's just decanting off the liquid and replacing it with boiled/cooled water. I agree that's a good way to do it if you want to store it for a while.
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You're right: I'm advocating decanting and replacing with water.
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Old 08-19-2011, 07:16 PM   #1115
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I'm not being a semantics nazi, just clarifying since a lot of people reading this might misunderstand it and go through the whole washing process.

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Old 08-19-2011, 10:09 PM   #1116
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Here's a question. Last weekend I brewed a chocolate oatmeal stout and my floating thermometer broke in my kettle. I always strain my wort anyways, but it was very important this time to collect any glass/metal balls that were left over from the thermometer. I really wanted to wash this yeast, but now i'm wondering if I should just let this yeast cake go down the drain. What do you all think?

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Old 08-19-2011, 10:25 PM   #1117
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Wash it, use it. Odds are there's no glass/metal in the cake anyway, but if any does happen to end up in your washed jars, it's going to settle out in the fermentor anyway and not end up in your beer.

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Old 08-20-2011, 03:42 AM   #1118
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I'm not being a semantics nazi, just clarifying since a lot of people reading this might misunderstand it and go through the whole washing process.
Since we're just clarifying: we're not really washing the yeast. We are rinsing it. Washing involves acid and stuff. Just to clarify.
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time to change the name of the thread, apparently...

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