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Old 06-06-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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Default Yeast cake looks like cooked ground beef ?

Hello, After 2 weeks in primary I transferred my 5th brew to secondary yesterday and I was kinda surprised when I popped the lid off, it looked like some of the Krausen hadn't gone back into the beer (first time for that), I thought no big deal but was a little surprised and transferred it, Then when I got to the bottom I was even more surprised, The yeast cake looked just about like cooked ground beef (first time for that too), I just read where if you wash and re-use your yeast (I did wash and re-use yeast) it could leave the floaties on top, but I couldn't find anything about the yeast cake looking like cooked ground beef, and it really looked just like cooked ground beef, so I thought Id ask your opinion on this, have any of you seen this in your brews?

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Old 06-06-2012, 04:56 PM   #2
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Yeasts flocculate differently. While one yeast may be as fine as sand, others may look like cottage cheese.

Here's a thread I made about the disgusting looks of WLP0026

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/wlp026-ugly-125504/

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Old 06-06-2012, 04:57 PM   #3
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Hello, After 2 weeks in primary I transferred my 5th brew to secondary yesterday and I was kinda surprised when I popped the lid off, it looked like some of the Krausen hadn't gone back into the beer (first time for that), I thought no big deal but was a little surprised and transferred it, Then when I got to the bottom I was even more surprised, The yeast cake looked just about like cooked ground beef (first time for that too), I just read where if you wash and re-use your yeast (I did wash and re-use yeast) it could leave the floaties on top, but I couldn't find anything about the yeast cake looking like cooked ground beef, and it really looked just like cooked ground beef, so I thought Id ask your opinion on this, have any of you seen this in your brews?

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No. I've never seen that. You're doing some funky stuff. There's nothing wrong with doing funky stuff, but I preferred doing basic stuff first then matriculating to the more adventurous stuff. Without the basics, you really have no experience on which to draw when you're making decisions like how to re-use grain, re-use yeast, etc.

That's my .02. Good luck with the ground beef thing.
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So? Fermentation is ugly. And different yeasts look different. More than likely if it looked like that on the bottom, it looked like that on the top as well.

I've seen krausens that look liker ears. Or brains.

It really doesn't matter what something looks like, only what something tastes like.

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I wouldn't worry too much about what the trub looked like. That's going to change depending on what kind of beer you made, your process, and what kind of yeast you used. As long as the beer tastes good, that's all that matters.

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I've had that happen. Beers turned out fine. My working theory is that escaping CO2 "fluffs" the yeast cake up and makes it look lumpy and ripply.

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No. I've never seen that. You're doing some funky stuff. There's nothing wrong with doing funky stuff, but I preferred doing basic stuff first then matriculating to the more adventurous stuff. Without the basics, you really have no experience on which to draw when you're making decisions like how to re-use grain, re-use yeast, etc.

That's my .02. Good luck with the ground beef thing.
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Thanks guys, I wasn't super concerned about it, I just couldn't find any information about a yeast cake looking like this.

And I like to research (learn) everything I can about brewing, especially so, when its something that I want to try or something that's happened to one of my brews.

Revvy yes it did look like that on the top too.

Thanks again for the positive replies.
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escaping CO2 "fluffs" the yeast cake up and makes it look lumpy and ripply.
Kinda like the surface of the moon!
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Each to his own, I learn and gain experience better/faster, by doing.
Whatever. I guess I missed the part of my post that said I wasn't "doing".

FTR, I'm brewing my 20th batch tonight and I started on thanksgiving. I thought that was doing, but as you said. "Each to his own".
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