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Old 04-23-2008, 01:16 PM   #131
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Now that I've got 10 one pint mason jars in my fridge, can I just move them to smaller vials? I really only need the goodness from the bottom of the mason jars, right? Should I extract most of the top portion of the jar, re-suspend the yeast in the now halfway filled (or whatever) jar and then move it to a sterilized vial?
You may want to examine yeast freezing as an alternative.
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Old 04-25-2008, 04:55 PM   #132
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You may want to examine yeast freezing as an alternative.
Doesn't the crystallization that occurs while freezing puncture the yeast cells? Is there a way to freeze/preserve them for longer periods of time without damaging them?
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Old 04-25-2008, 05:09 PM   #133
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Hey Explosivebeer,

Check out this thread.....

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=35891

I'm gonna give it a shot soon.

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Old 04-26-2008, 03:30 PM   #134
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Hey Explosivebeer,

Check out this thread.....

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=35891

I'm gonna give it a shot soon.
Thanks for the link. I remember seeing that before but forgot about it. I'll give it a try sometime. Good luck with yours.
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Old 04-26-2008, 04:20 PM   #135
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Doesn't the crystallization that occurs while freezing puncture the yeast cells? Is there a way to freeze/preserve them for longer periods of time without damaging them?
You can add Glycerin to the yeast to prevent that. I am not sure if it is 100% effective or not. Of course it is always wise to create a starter before pitching to see how the yeast are doing.
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:28 PM   #136
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This is great information! Saving the $ is always a good thing!

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I have read through this thread and cannot figure out how yeast washing is superior to siphoning yeast from the bottom of my primary into sterilized (boiled) beer bottles. A large part of my issue is that I cannot get my hands on any mason jars - I've hit 6/7 stores over the past month and had no luck.

Can anyone explain why I should not siphon yeast into sterilized beer bottles.

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Old 05-08-2008, 01:40 PM   #138
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I have read through this thread and cannot figure out how yeast washing is superior to siphoning yeast from the bottom of my primary into sterilized (boiled) beer bottles. A large part of my issue is that I cannot get my hands on any mason jars - I've hit 6/7 stores over the past month and had no luck.

Can anyone explain why I should not siphon yeast into sterilized beer bottles.

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There's no law saying you HAVE o use mason jars. If you want to use beer bottles, they'll work fine. Just boil them and some caps instead of the jars and lids.
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A large part of my issue is that I cannot get my hands on any mason jars - I've hit 6/7 stores over the past month and had no luck.


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Have you looked in any independant (not big box) hardware stores? FOr some reason ACE/ACO have them in their home aisles...And I've seen them at Krogers, IGA's, and even Meijer's grocery sections....
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There's no law saying you HAVE o use mason jars. If you want to use beer bottles, they'll work fine. Just boil them and some caps instead of the jars and lids.
Thanks for your reply! Is using an autosiphon ok??? I worry that it won't work as I cannot sterilize it. On the other hand I can see myself boiling a pyrex measuring jar/thingie and then scooping yeast out of the primary after racking to a keg. Then pouring from the sterilized pyrex into sterilized bottles. Would this be ok?
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