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Old 05-12-2010, 02:26 PM   #41
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Do any of you guys who dry hop in primary wash your yeast afterward? We wash our yeast most of the time, and it seems like all those hops would make that a bad idea, but if it's been done successfully...
I've done it, but it's a bit more of a pain. Leaf hops come out ok, but the pellet sludge makes it tougher. If I'm planning on washing yeast, I dryhop in the secondary. If I remember to transfer. Sometimes I forget, because dryhopping in the bucket is so much easier, and then I go "oh, darn!" when I remember I have to wash that yeast!
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I think those times when I've harvested dry hopped pellet primary only beers, I've probably just had to do a "rinse cycle" a couple more times than I would if there weren't excess hops in there. But it's never seemed any bigger of a deal to me that washing yeast is period. I use a couple of 1 gallon mason jars when I rinse, I'll dump a gallon of water in to the bucket, then pour that into gallon one, then after that settles pour off the top stuff, add more water and transfer it to gallon two.
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Old 05-12-2010, 03:38 PM   #43
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I prefer to make my starters a little bigger and harvest my yeast for washing from there. Much less trub, hops and dead yeast to deal with compared to harvesting from the primary.

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Still a good idea to x-fer when you intend to age for 3+ months?
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I let the beer decide for me. I avoid secondary if I can. If the beer isn't clearing the way I'd like after a month in primary, I xfer to secondary. For whatever reason, it seems to accelerate the clearing process.
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Still a good idea to x-fer when you intend to age for 3+ months?
For long-term aging, it's best to transfer to a keg under a CO2 blanket. If a keg is not available, a secondary vessel (carboy, Better Bottle) will do. When leaving the beer on the yeast for an extended period (months), you can start picking up off-flavors from autolysis and such.

 
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:42 PM   #47
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I let the beer decide for me.
That's really the best way to go all-around. Listen to what your beer tells you. Once you learn its language, it will tell you exactly what should be done to it and at what time.

 
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I let the beer decide for me. I avoid secondary if I can. If the beer isn't clearing the way I'd like after a month in primary, I xfer to secondary. For whatever reason, it seems to accelerate the clearing process.
But this is Denny we're talking about here, I thought you could just wave your hand and the yeast would fall out for you. That's why we have a yeast named after you, right? 'cause they just follow you everywhere.
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But this is Denny we're talking about here, I thought you could just wave your hand and the yeast would fall out for you. That's why we have a yeast named after you, right? 'cause they just follow you everywhere.
Man, IF ONLY it worked that way! The reason people _think_ I'm a great brewer is because I never talk about the batches I screw up!
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Man, IF ONLY it worked that way! The reason people _think_ I'm a great brewer is because I never talk about the batches I screw up!
Neither do I. SO our secret's out now.
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