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Old 02-03-2008, 07:22 PM   #1
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Default can you wash wine/mead yeast?

I mostly make beers, and know the rules of washing and re-using beer yeast.

But, what about wine or mead yeast?

specifically, the wyeast sweet mead yeast?

I just racked to secondary and have a cake I'm going to try to wash.

I didn't know if it was a good idea, considering the increased stress on the yeast due to much higher ABV levels and the lack of nitrogen and nutrients in honey as compared to beer.

Is it worth washing and using a second time?



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Old 02-15-2008, 10:39 PM   #2
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I take it no one knows for sure?



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from what I've read no... but I'll let someone with a reason chime in and say.

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let me further quantify my question.

I brewed a final ABV 12% mead with Wyeast sweet mead yeast. I still have the washed yeast in my fridge.

If no one can say for sure, I may do a 1 gallon experimental batch with this yeast. perhaps there's a threshold that can be approximated..."don't re-use if the ABV was over X%" or something.

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you got to a 12%abv with Wyeast Sweet Mead. I have a batch of braggot going right now still in primary(day 3). Desk guy at local store said that most likely I would only get to 8-9% and should finish it off with champagne yeast. trying to make a monster 15%abv



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