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Old 10-18-2007, 03:46 PM   #21
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question to OP: after filling the larger vessel with the yeast from the secondary, you said

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Then, again being careful not to disturb the stuff on the bottom, fill up the small Mason jars. Fill them all the way up.
i assume you mean fill the four empty pint jars with the yeast/liquid from the bigger mason jar, and not fill the four empty pint jars with the rest of the yeast/liquid in the carboy that didn't fit into the bigger mason jar.

i could see how that lack of clarification could possibly confuse people, especially when all the stuff in the secondary won't fit into the larger mason jar.
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Old 10-18-2007, 11:31 PM   #22
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question to OP: after filling the larger vessel with the yeast from the secondary, you said

i assume you mean fill the four empty pint jars with the yeast/liquid from the bigger mason jar, and not fill the four empty pint jars with the rest of the yeast/liquid in the carboy that didn't fit into the bigger mason jar.

i could see how that lack of clarification could possibly confuse people, especially when all the stuff in the secondary won't fit into the larger mason jar.
You're right, that was a bit confusing, but you assumed correctly. Thanks for clearing that up.
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Old 10-19-2007, 01:24 AM   #23
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I especially like the idea of boiling everything together, and of de-oxygenating the water to let the yeasties sleep ...

Pictures esp helpful...I have the flask, now I will get the tongs and start washing after I rack this weekend ..

What *will* I do with all the $$ I save ??

How long can you store the yeast ? 1 month ?

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Old 10-19-2007, 04:56 PM   #24
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you can store until the yeast turns a peanut butter color, you can also freeze the yeast. generally people say a month or so but a lot of people store it a lot longer than that.

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Old 10-22-2007, 06:58 PM   #25
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Richard, if you are going to repitch onto a yeast cake, don't add the water, just put the wort on top of the cake.
Are there any problems that could arise, or is it really that simple?
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Old 10-22-2007, 07:35 PM   #26
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Are there any problems that could arise, or is it really that simple?
it's really that simple. i do it all the time.
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it's really that simple. i do it all the time.

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Old 10-22-2007, 09:20 PM   #28
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I'd NOT do any yeast reusing until you're quite certain of your sanitation process. If you must pitch on the cake, take a good whiff of it first and taste the beer that you just racked off. If it smells or tastes sour or bad in any way, don't risk the next batch too.

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Old 10-23-2007, 06:09 PM   #29
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How much $ are we saving with this? I assume it works better for those of you using liquid yeasts?

I still don't get it Hah.. but I'm a noob.

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How much $ are we saving with this? I assume it works better for those of you using liquid yeasts?

I still don't get it Hah.. but I'm a noob.
well, i make a beer constantly called "death by dunkel" and i continually wash/reuse my yeast, and have for the last 5 batches of it, and it's gotten my total cost down to $16.95 per 5 gallon batch. basically, you just save the cost of the yeast per batch, which for liquid yeast is around $8.00 i believe.
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