OK, I've been reading about yeast ranching, washing, pitching, etc. etc. etc.
Here's where I need help.
I have a 5 gallon batch of Simcoe IPA that's been in a 5 gallon carboy since July 12th (12 days). I used Whitelabs Burton Ale Yeast (vial) and the SG was 1.084 and this morning it is 1.028. My plan is to let this go another week or so, and watch the hydrometer, I'd like it to come down a little more.
Also, I have a 6 gallon carboy of Honey Ale that was started on July 11th (13 days). It started at 1.060, and yesterday it was at 1.008, and today it's at 1.006, I'm planning on letting this one sit in primary for another week too, and watch the readings. I used Wyeast 1056 American yeast for this.
I have an extract kit of Coopers European Lager that I'd like to brew next. I have a dry yeast pack of Danstar Nottingham.
Can I just add the Coopers European Lager to either the IPA above, or the Honey Ale? Or should I just use the Nottingham?
I'm planning on saving the above two yeasts for future batches. I'd like to reuse the IPA yeast for more IPA batches. What could I brewusing the Honey Ale yeast? I'm going to order an IPA recipe today via UPS. Could I just make up the IPA wort and pour it onto the current IPA yeast cake?
I live in an area with no local HB shops, so being able to reuse yeast would greatly help with the brew hobby.... Thanks for all input.
I gotta tell ya, this "simple" hobby is quickly becoming a graduate class in bio-chemistry. But the results have been amazing... so BREW ON BABY!