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Old 02-19-2013, 10:47 PM   #1
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Default How well do I need to clean my fermenter between batches?

Going to rack my first batch into secondary this weekend assuming the gravity is alright.... Planning on putting more wort into it immediately. How well do I need to clean it?

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Old 02-19-2013, 10:49 PM   #2
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may as well clean it really well, no real reason not to.

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Old 02-19-2013, 10:50 PM   #3
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What do you mean how well do you have to clean it? You have to clean and sanitize it just like you need to for your primary.

Unless introducing spices / fruit or some other addition there is no need to even put it into a secondary. (unless this is a beer that is going into extended aging) Leave it in the primary for three weeks and call it good.

OR - perhaps I am reading your question wrong. Are you planning on pitching on the previous yeast cake? You can pitch right onto it if you like, just sanitize the top / neck of the fermenter and your transfer equipment. This is of course assuming that nothing went wrong with that first batch.

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Do you mean you're using the same yeast cake?

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I am asuming you are going to rack what is in your primary fermeter to your secondary and imediatley put another batch directly onto the yeast cake in your primary. You are asking if you have to do anything to clean your primary out before you put your next batch in correct?

The short awnser is you do not have to do anything at all to your primary fermenter as long as you are happy with the results of the original beer in the primary. By that I mean there are no off flavors or aromas and your beer tastes and smells like success.

Also make sure your new batch is similar to what you just took out. You dont want to be putting say a light pale ale on top of a stout yeast cake. you can however go the oposite way with no problems.

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I was wondering if I can use the same yeast cake.... Both beers are IPAs. Need secondary for dry hopping

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Yes you can your second batch will be very happy with the large amount of yeast

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Good deal, when you do this try to swirl the yeast cake with a little bit of wort to get it off the bottom. Then go for it.

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Yes you can your second batch will be very happy with the large amount of yeast
the yeast might be happy but you may not be with the resulting beer. rather than pitching on a whole yeast cake it's probably better to scoop all but 1/4 to 1/2 cup out for any beer under 1060-70.
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the yeast might be happy but you may not be with the resulting beer. rather than pitching on a whole yeast cake it's probably better to scoop all but 1/4 to 1/2 cup out for any beer under 1060-70.
Interesting I have never done that please elaborate with your reasoning.

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