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Old 12-17-2012, 11:46 AM   #1671
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Let's say I don't have enough time or desire to wash the yeast on he same day as transferring/bottling the beer, but can the following day. Would I be better off just covering back my primary bucket after transferring the beer off or should I transfer the trub to a glass jar and then store in the fridge overnight?
I've had success jus putting the airlock back on a letting it sit a day or two. I try to leave a layer of the beer covering the trub/yeast.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:14 PM   #1672
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Thanks. That's good to know.

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Old 12-21-2012, 01:18 PM   #1673
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Last time I re-harvested, I took two pint sized glasses full of yeast, after letting it settle in a gallon wine jug (my go-to starter and yeast washing vessals)

My first glass went off without a hitch, but my second had a lot of trub in it. so I shook it up a lot and let it resettle, but the trub all settled ontop of the yeast!
I thought it was funny, so I poured it out (the yeast had settled at that point, so the trub and beer just poured out perfectly), and added a fresh bottle of canned beer on top of it.
(beer from the same batch mind you, harvested about 2 days previously)

It seemds to have worked too! no trub in the jar, no exploded jars (I had to vent a few times tho nothing serious), and my yeast is still under a protective layer of brown ale, and I've got a 2ed sample of yeast to work with

all well lol

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Old 12-21-2012, 07:27 PM   #1674
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I'm brewing a hefeweizen in the next few days and I have some washed jars of WLP300 yeast that have been sitting in the fridge for about 6 months. from what I gather they should still be good. I used 2 jars in a 1 liter of wort starter (1 liter of wort in a 2 liter jar) instead of just one to give me a few extra viable cells... do I need to do anything to the starter since it's a tad old on the washed yeast? step it up? or just give it an extra day (usually do a 24 hour starter)?

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Old 12-21-2012, 11:26 PM   #1675
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I'm brewing a hefeweizen in the next few days and I have some washed jars of WLP300 yeast that have been sitting in the fridge for about 6 months. from what I gather they should still be good. I used 2 jars in a 1 liter of wort starter (1 liter of wort in a 2 liter jar) instead of just one to give me a few extra viable cells... do I need to do anything to the starter since it's a tad old on the washed yeast? step it up? or just give it an extra day (usually do a 24 hour starter)?
I've heard that for any of the Hefeweizen yeasts they need to be used within a couple of weeks, otherwise they will not make the best beer possible.
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Old 12-22-2012, 01:36 PM   #1676
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I've heard that for any of the Hefeweizen yeasts they need to be used within a couple of weeks, otherwise they will not make the best beer possible.
Where did you hear that?
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:18 PM   #1677
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yeah, I'd like to know too. I've used 2-3 month old Hefe yeasts without problem (just haven't tried something as old as 6 months before)

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I recently used a 6 month old jar of WLP007. It wasn't "washed" perse but watered down enough to fill my jars. WLP007 is a clumping yeast that is hard to separate.

The 1.5L starter was slow to take off but when it did it did very well.

Older yeast becomes less viable, that's a given. With an ample starter however, you can bring it back to life. 6 months is the oldest I have used thus far.

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I recently used a 6 month old jar of WLP007. It wasn't "washed" perse but watered down enough to fill my jars. WLP007 is a clumping yeast that is hard to separate.

The 1.5L starter was slow to take off but when it did it did very well.

Older yeast becomes less viable, that's a given. With an ample starter however, you can bring it back to life. 6 months is the oldest I have used thus far.
kewl, I'll give it a whirl then, the starter is showing signs of activity after 24 hours so late tonight "ll do my boil, if it doesn't take off I can always toss in some cheap WB-06 to finish it off
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Where did you hear that?
I've heard it from several pro brewers that I have talked to. There are several podcasts out there too.
One from Brew Strong where Jamil talks about it is the 08-10-09 Yeast Washing episode. I don't remember the others ones that I have listened to that have talked about it.
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