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Old 02-21-2011, 05:42 AM   #1
Jan 2011
nashua, NH
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So I am curious as to what exactly washing yeast means. can anyone explain this too me please?

Also what is a good way to re-use yeast from a current batch of fermenting beer and to store yeast as well?

Started getting interested in this. Would like to know from experienced fellow home brewers. Thanks guys.


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Old 02-21-2011, 06:36 AM   #2
Mar 2010
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There are a ton of threads out there, but I'll tell you what I do. It's pretty simple and has been working so far. I do this when I'm bottling or transferring, always off a primary yeast cake. Bring about 40 oz. of water to a boil for about 15 min, then let cool. After you're done bottling, dump this water on the yeast cake and swirl it around. Make sure it's 80 degrees or less or it will kill the yeast. Dump the slurry into a large, sanitized container. I use a pitcher because it pours easy. Wait an hour or so, then dump it into three sanitized beer bottles, stick them with an airlock and put in the fridge. I usually only do three at a time, otherwise my fridge gets overrun. You can do more or less, just make sure everything is sanitized. Some people use jars, but I like to use airlocks so that I know pressure isn't building up. I always make a starter when I use washed yeast, and I've never had a dead batch yet, up to 6 months old.

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Old 02-21-2011, 10:36 AM   #3
Feb 2011
Palo Alto, California
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Its stickied right in this here forum for your viewing pleasure.

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Old 02-21-2011, 10:39 AM   #4
Nov 2010
salem, mo
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homebrew tv on youtube covers covers the yeast washing also

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