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Old 01-25-2008, 07:27 PM   #1
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Ok, so when your ready to move from primary to secondary I can just pore my new wort over the left over sludge in the bottom of my bucket? Or do you have to leave some liquid at the bottom? I'm about to move my IPA and make a red ale. I used wyeast 1056. Is it better to just do the yeast washing or just pore the new wort on top of the sludge left at the bottom once I transfer my IPA into my secondary. Any info on this would be awesome.

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Just pour it on, no need to leave any fluid if you're doing it right away. If you need it to sit there for a day, leave enough fluid to keep the trub sudmerged. yeast washing is for storing it for a prolonged period of time. I know it sounds way too easy.... but it is.

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And use a blow off tube.

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And use a blow off tube.

+1 for sure. There will be a fast and furious start.
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Thanks for the information any idea how many times you can re-use the yeast?

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The advantage to washing your yeast is that you can save off about half for another batch. You certainly have more than enough.

Anything you can do to propogate the yeast without it mutating (as happens during a full fermentation) will help you stretch the yeast further.

Imagine your yeast is only at it's optimal for 5-6 generations. If you simply pitch on top of your full yeast cake each time, you get 5-6 batches.

If you split off the yeast cake everytime, the "lifespan" is considerably longer.

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ok so to wash my yeast I just siphon out all into my secondary then add how much water? then put the water that was on top of the sludge in jars?? Do I put any sludge in the Jars?

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ok so to wash my yeast I just siphon out all into my secondary then add how much water? then put the water that was on top of the sludge in jars?? Do I put any sludge in the Jars?
Take a look here. It should answer most of your questions.
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That article is very sparse on detail, it doesn't say if you siphon all the beer and just leave the trub, also it doesn't state how much liquid to add on top of the trub.

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That article is very sparse on detail, it doesn't say if you siphon all the beer and just leave the trub, also it doesn't state how much liquid to add on top of the trub.
The article is a step by step for yeast washing. ie having clean yeast to store and use in later batches of brew.

For pitching on top of a yeast cake if you remove the brew just before you plan to add the next brew you don't need to leave any liquid over the yeast. If it is going to be a day or so leave just enough liquid to cover the yeast.
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