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Old 04-20-2012, 03:57 PM   #1
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I was wondering if I could collect and wash the yeast from a yeast cake that came from dry yeast?

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I was wondering if I could collect and wash the yeast from a yeast cake that came from dry yeast?

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Absolutely. I do it all the time.

An argument against would be that the dry yeast is so cheap (except for W 34/70) that the risk isn't worth it.
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Absolutely. I do it all the time.

An argument against would be that the dry yeast is so cheap (except for W 34/70) that the risk isn't worth it.
but as you said, you do it all the time. if a brewer's sanitation techniques are good, the risk is next to zero..

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If you pitch it within a week, you may not even need a starter. However, I would check with Mr. Malty's Yeast calculator.

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I have done this several times, although lately I stopped, I only harvest from liquid yeast,but as said above, the only reason is because dry is so cheap, I'f I want to reuse that strain, why go through the trouble.

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I have done this several times, although lately I stopped, I only harvest from liquid yeast,but as said above, the only reason is because dry is so cheap, I'f I want to reuse that strain, why go through the trouble.
I see this argument all the time. What are you guys paying for dry yeast? I pay about $4 for dry and $6 for liquid. I dont understand why $2 more for liquid all of the sudden makes it worthwhile. I harvest all.
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I am very cheap.....VERY cheap!

If you are going to go to the trouble of making starters (As I do) I prefer to lessen the risk of infection by making the starter from a small part of one packet of yeast. I then seal the yeast packet and put it in the fridge.

This saves all the trouble of washing yeast, and makes a packet of dry yeast last for several brews. I also do not use dry malt for the starter. I save a couple of litres of runnings from the previous batch and freeze it for use in the next starter.

Like I said, I'm cheap.

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I am very cheap.....VERY cheap!

If you are going to go to the trouble of making starters (As I do) I prefer to lessen the risk of infection by making the starter from a small part of one packet of yeast. I then seal the yeast packet and put it in the fridge.
Now that's a good idea, will try that, certainly easier than washing!! Thank you.
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I see this argument all the time. What are you guys paying for dry yeast? I pay about $4 for dry and $6 for liquid. I dont understand why $2 more for liquid all of the sudden makes it worthwhile. I harvest all.
Under 2$ for me.

Although the liquids I get tend to be 7-8 at my LHBS

So for me it is up to an 800% difference in price.

Right now I have too many things going on, so I forget to keep sterilized jars of water as well for washing. Friggin wrong time of the season. Gardening, Hot Sauce manufacture, building a greenhouse, and working full time.
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I am very cheap.....VERY cheap!

If you are going to go to the trouble of making starters (As I do) I prefer to lessen the risk of infection by making the starter from a small part of one packet of yeast. I then seal the yeast packet and put it in the fridge.

This saves all the trouble of washing yeast, and makes a packet of dry yeast last for several brews. I also do not use dry malt for the starter. I save a couple of litres of runnings from the previous batch and freeze it for use in the next starter.

Like I said, I'm cheap.
LIke both ideas. Gnome, about how much yeast from the pack? Do you measure with a scale or just estimate?
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