Reusing yeast from a big beer? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Fermentation & Yeast > Reusing yeast from a big beer?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 02-16-2011, 12:48 AM   #1
Bartman
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Rhode Island
Posts: 207
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts



Fermenting a Belgian Porter using Wyeast Ardennes 3522. OG was 1.091. Can I wash and reuse this yeast or will it be too tired and abused?

That has been one big bad violent ferment!
__________________
_________________________
Primary 1: Amarillo IPA
Primary 2:
Secondary:
Bottled: Vertical Epic 090909 clone
90 schilling english
Hopmaster Imperial IPA
Simcoe IPA

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2011, 12:51 AM   #2
COLObrewer
Recipes 
 
Jan 2009
Pea Green, Colorado
Posts: 2,935
Liked 65 Times on 57 Posts


Why not save it for your next "big" brew.
__________________
Newer, better, more streamlined sig as per the forum police.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2011, 01:02 AM   #3
Sheldon
Recipes 
 
Oct 2010
woodbridge, va
Posts: 1,209
Liked 48 Times on 41 Posts


I asked a more experienced home brewer that question and he said toss it. Seems like a waste of good yeast.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2011, 01:05 AM   #4
Brewman79
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Austin,Tx
Posts: 58

Sounds like it was a nice healthy fermentation,id reuse it.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2011, 01:08 AM   #5
jfr1111
Recipes 
 
Sep 2010
Quebec, Quebec
Posts: 1,633
Liked 67 Times on 58 Posts


Reusing yeast from big beers is a hot topic. Many say that the yeast will be too tired or that mutation could have occured. Try it yourself with a small beer afterward, so you don't lose a bunch on supplies if the yeast turns out bad. I'd recommend using a starter for the next time and not only pitching from slurry, to "proof" the yeast (and be sure to have some dry stuff handy too, if the starter doesn't take or behaves funky).

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2011, 01:08 AM   #6
Bartman
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Rhode Island
Posts: 207
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Looking to do a Belgian Golden Strong ale and figured this would be the right yeast to use again.
__________________
_________________________
Primary 1: Amarillo IPA
Primary 2:
Secondary:
Bottled: Vertical Epic 090909 clone
90 schilling english
Hopmaster Imperial IPA
Simcoe IPA

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2011, 01:21 AM   #7
Seven
Recipes 
 
Jan 2011
Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 1,538
Liked 168 Times on 80 Posts


If by "big beer" you mean high ABV, then you'll probably want to toss it. The yeast from high ABV beers are much more stressed than yeast from lower ABV beers.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2011, 01:22 AM   #8
Bartman
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Rhode Island
Posts: 207
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Seven View Post
If by "big beer" you mean high ABV, then you'll probably want to toss it. The yeast from high ABV beers are much more stressed than yeast from lower ABV beers.
Even if I make a starter???
__________________
_________________________
Primary 1: Amarillo IPA
Primary 2:
Secondary:
Bottled: Vertical Epic 090909 clone
90 schilling english
Hopmaster Imperial IPA
Simcoe IPA

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2011, 03:35 AM   #9
theredben
Recipes 
 
Dec 2010
Langley, BC
Posts: 934
Liked 24 Times on 23 Posts


Sounds like you want to re-use the yeast. If you don't care about the minute chance of mutation (I'm not) then go ahead. Make a starter like usual.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2011, 04:09 AM   #10
devilishprune
Recipes 
 
Mar 2010
Posts: 1,241
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts


I've done some reading on the matter and I'm not convinced that it matters. When breweries make bigger beers they don't throw out the yeast. If you make a starter from the slurry then you should be fine, because you're growing up active new yeast cells in the process.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
reusing yeast that was used in cider for beer bovineblitz Fermentation & Yeast 3 10-25-2010 11:06 PM
Reusing Yeast ? 65chevy11 Fermentation & Yeast 2 04-21-2010 12:53 AM
reusing yeast rjconway Fermentation & Yeast 2 11-06-2009 02:39 AM
Reusing ale yeast churdbird Fermentation & Yeast 1 09-23-2009 04:36 PM
Reusing yeast for higher grav beer Noleafclover Fermentation & Yeast 6 08-23-2009 12:37 AM


Forum Jump