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Old 03-30-2013, 08:35 PM   #1
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Default Harvesting Cider Yeast

I am about to secondary my first batch of Graham's English Cider. Varied only by adding some sugar to boost the OG to 1.065.

Can I harvest the Nottingham I used? I am going to make Graff's cider version right away…should I "wash" the yeast or pour on top of the cake?

I will not reuse it after the second batch…but since I am doing a heel-to-toe batch, was wondering if I can use it again.

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Old 03-30-2013, 08:39 PM   #2
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just use it again. a lot of the reasons for yeast washing, like getting rid of any hop matter, or beer color, won't be an issue for cider.

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Old 03-30-2013, 10:24 PM   #3
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This should help it start fermenting faster also, right?

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I think dumping on the yeast cake is a great idea. The graf will definitely benefit. I would consider a blow off tube unless you have a couple of gallons of headspace.

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Old 03-31-2013, 02:28 PM   #5
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Its in a 5G carboy…I will swash some sterilized H2O in there and pour it into a 6G better bottle. I have my 6.5 carboy currently occupied by a AHS anniversary wit.

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You could always just dump some juice in there to swish instead of introducing additional water to the mix. (Unless you decant the water before pitching)

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Old 04-01-2013, 12:31 PM   #7
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good idea!

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