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Old 05-02-2011, 12:13 AM   #1
Mar 2011
Olympia, Washington
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If you could choose two styles of ale to brew off of the same yeast cake, with the two being different enough to keep it interesting, what two beers would you choose?

If one of them, either the first or second batch, was going to be an ordinary bitter, what would you choose for the other batch? In what order would you brew them?

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Old 05-02-2011, 12:20 AM   #2
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Pittsburgh, PA
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Kolsch and Dunkel, because thats what I am doing currently.

I would do a barleywine after your bitter.

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Old 05-02-2011, 12:26 AM   #3
Dec 2007
north Georgia
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my answer would be that it does not matter: use and calc the amount of slurry you need for your next recipe. Sanitize a measuring cup, scoop out what you need, pitch it into a clean and sanitized fermenter. Pitch your next batch on top.

And if you cheat and pour it in on top of the whole old cake (not advised for over pitching, possible sanitation issues, etc) DO NOT WORRY. I have pitched a pale ale on top of the slurry of a spiced dark christmas ale and had no discernable color or flavor transfer.

But love your beer and calculate your pitch into a sanitized fermenter.
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Old 05-02-2011, 02:30 AM   #4
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Read the linked thread. Reusing yeast is super easy! When I reuse yeast I usually keep the same or similar styles. For instance, I wont make a Belgian, then reuse that yeast to make a stout. But I'll make an ESB then reuse the yeast to make a pale ale or IPA.
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