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Old 08-31-2012, 11:17 AM   #11
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Here's what I'd do:

Pour the beer off the top of the 3 jars you have into a 2L soda bottle, carb it and drink it. -- No such thing as bad beer in my book

Add a little distilled water to the yeast at the bottom of the jars, swish it around, and combine the 3 into one.

Lable it and put it in the fridge.

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Old 08-31-2012, 04:41 PM   #12
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Here's what I'd do:

Pour the beer off the top of the 3 jars you have into a 2L soda bottle, carb it and drink it. -- No such thing as bad beer in my book

Add a little distilled water to the yeast at the bottom of the jars, swish it around, and combine the 3 into one.

Lable it and put it in the fridge.

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lol, that ain't beer! It was just boiled water that picked up some dark coloring from the trub, I washed an imperial black IPA.

The jars were more full, but the first to attempts left too much trub I had to transfer from jar to jar several times. Another thing I did that may not have been good, I washed the jars in starsan solution. Of course I wanted them sterile but I had to rinse out the heavy trub, and ran out of sterile jars to transfer, so I rinsed them out with tab water, then dunked them in starsan, before the last transfer.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:40 PM   #13
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Here is my second and 3rd attempt (right to left so order is reversed). I'm not getting that nice white top layer, but the density of this stuff isn't as great as the first one. it slushes around if I tilt the jars. This is WLP-051 (my 3rd attempt, left, and only cold crashed for 1 night), and the one on the right is Whyeast Greenbelt, its been crashed for a couple keeps now but isn't very dense. I also noticed with this particular yeast there was a lot of white yeast floating on top when I transferred to the secondary.

Does the lack of a white layer on top mean this was an unsuccessful wash or would I need to make a starter to find out?


I can still see white speckles throughout.

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Old 09-28-2012, 03:02 AM   #14
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anyone? Is this yeast ok?

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Old 09-28-2012, 03:13 AM   #15
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Looks healthy to me. I'd just decant and pitch on brew day. That (eyeball test) looks plenty to pitch to any high gravity 5 G batch.

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Old 09-28-2012, 03:34 AM   #16
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Looks healthy to me. I'd just decant and pitch on brew day. That (eyeball test) looks plenty to pitch to any high gravity 5 G batch.
Agreed..... if you are gonna make starters , you can use much smaller jars and really stretch your yeast. I use vials ( like yeast vials) and make a starter. haven't bought yeast in a while lol.
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Old 09-29-2012, 01:09 AM   #17
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Kinda hard for me to judge right now but I'm interested where in getting vials. I do make starters though.
I thought there was supposed to be that white layer on top like my first attempt. I guess it just depends on the weight and size of the yeaties?

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Old 09-29-2012, 06:57 PM   #18
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My first attempt was easy and successful. My 051 I used for my Red IPA which cost me $6.99 has now yielded me 4 more (could have made 7 but this is enough of 051 for me).
Here's what it looks like after only 12 hours in the fridge.

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Old 10-03-2012, 09:15 PM   #19
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In my first attempt (first picture on page1), this was an English ale blend, is that why I have whiter yeast on top and and more gray color yeast on the bottom?

One of my jars is mostly full of the white yeast and no gray yeast. Should I not use this jar?

Is it bad practice in general to try and re-use a yeast blend?

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Old 10-03-2012, 09:34 PM   #20
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The white layer is healthy yeast, the darker gray area is dead yeast. Gray = bad, white = good. Also, fill the jars as close to the top as possible. Headspace is just room for bacteria and infections to grow.

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