So, I did my first ever batch of hard cider using pasturized cider from the store and Nottingham Ale Yeast. I had posted previously that I wasn't sure if the yeast was working...took almost 48 hours to start doing its thing. However, it is down to 1.020 and I bottled it. Tasted great!
I was thinking...why can't I wash the yeast like for beer? I would just keep reusing it for more cider. I know it is cheap to buy yeast, but it is the process of it all and the DIY nature.
The weird thing is that when the yeast came out (after I poured water on it and swished it around), it was like the yeast never went into a solution...it was like little pellets down to little grains of sand. Would this be because the yeast hadn't totally fermented out? Is it normal?
Not sure, but it would be great to get some explanation/feedback. My other yeast harvesting adventures turn out pretty similar to the ones on here that people post...dirty milk looking solution that eventually solidifies into a nice yeast cake in the fridge...just off-white in color.