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osagedr 04-26-2009 03:25 AM

Liquid Yeast--Do Kits in Sequence or Split Yeast Pack?
 
I have two kits I plan to do in sequence over the next little while--a Festa Brew brown ale, and a Festa Brew double oatmeal stout. If you're not familiar with these kits a few details can be found at:

Magnotta::Festa Brew::Search Result

Anyway, I wanted to try these kits with liquid yeast so picked up a pack of Wyeast 1084 Irish Ale. I was told I could "split" the pack between the two kits (i.e. use half now with whichever kit I do first and keep half refrigerated for a week or so until I start the next one), or do the two in sequence, i.e. start the brown ale now then capture the yeast when fermentation is complete and re-use it for the stout.

Which of these two options is the best idea? Or...should I have gotten a different liquid yeast for the brown ale (perhaps the Wyeast 1028 London Ale or 1056 American Ale)?

ChshreCat 04-26-2009 03:35 AM

Splitting the yeast between the two will give you two batches with yeast starting out at a disadvantage.

Brewing one and then repitching the yeast in the second will give you one batch with normal yeast and another batch with pumped up, ready to rock-and-roll yeast.

BioBeing 04-26-2009 03:42 AM

Or make a couple of starters from the one pack. It'll last in the fridge long enough.

osagedr 04-26-2009 04:57 PM

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Originally Posted by BioBeing (Post 1284737)
Or make a couple of starters from the one pack. It'll last in the fridge long enough.

Thanks for the responses...if I "brew & re-pitch", does that mean just dump the new wort on top of whatever is left in my primary after I rack to the secondary?

What's the best way to "start" a starter? I'll poke around the forum for detailed instructions but if anyone wants to help me out it's much appreciated!

Clonefarmer 04-26-2009 06:02 PM

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Originally Posted by osagedr (Post 1285208)
What's the best way to "start" a starter? I'll poke around the forum for detailed instructions but if anyone wants to help me out it's much appreciated!

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/how-make-yeast-starter-pictorial-76101/

kal 06-03-2009 08:42 PM

I would smack the Wyeast pack, wait for it to rise and then make the Brown Ale (just pitch in the yeast). After a week or two rack that into a secondary and pitch the Stout right onto the yeast pancake in the primary.

Always go from lighter to heavier beers like this when using yeast slurry.

You could also split the 1084 into 3 or 4 by making a starter and then splitting it. Actually that's what I do and then pitch one of the 3 to do the 2 batches like I mentioned above. Gives you 6 batches out of 1 Wyeast smackpack.

Kal

shoebag22 09-27-2009 04:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BioBeing (Post 1284737)
Or make a couple of starters from the one pack. It'll last in the fridge long enough.

how long will a starter last in the fridge? Best way to store it?

BioBeing 09-28-2009 03:10 AM

Months. Grow the starter, then stick it in the fridge. Decant off the spent wort after the yeast settles. Take it out when you start brewing so it can warm up to room temp, suspend by swirling and pitch.

shoebag22 09-28-2009 03:29 AM

so a day or two after I put it in the fridge and the yeast settles I should get rid of most of the liquid? I can store it like that for months?

bhatchable 09-30-2009 01:00 AM

i just keep it in there and decant day of use, but yeah...


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