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Old 07-19-2011, 05:31 PM   #1
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Ok, so I'm sure somewhere in 95 different threads are the answers to my questions, but I'm gonna ask anyway.

I'm new to washing yeast and have only washed 3 times and re-used on 3 beers with varying success. So my issue is this... I washed and built up a starter for a hefe using WLP300. The first beer wash great, huge banana flavor. The second one, not so much. I think I learned my lesson that hefe yeast probably shouldn't be re-used since SO much of the beer relies on the yeast.

So Q1: what yeasts should not be washed and re-used? Why? (if you have any insight)

Q2: would building up a starter with fresh yeast and then washing & storing improve the integrity of the yeast? As opposed to washing after primary?

Q3: are there any strains that are very stable, from one generation to the next that lend very well to washing?

I don't brew enough of the same styles to rack onto the cake. And I am not yet ready to slant yeast, but I can make starters and wash, so I'm hoping for a solution that works at the step I'm at.

 
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Old 07-19-2011, 06:56 PM   #2
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This would be good info to have IMO. I was planning to wash the yeast from an IPA i have thats ready, but after more reading it looks like since it is

A. a big beer with an OG of 1.082
and
B. has a lot of hops

that this isn't the ideal scenario to wash yeast. I'm looking forward to seeing what the pros here suggest.
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Old 07-23-2011, 11:03 PM   #3
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Bumping my own thread up...

Anyone with any insights?

 
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Old 07-25-2011, 05:08 AM   #4
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I'm not sure but I had the exact same thing happen with my second hefe. Quite disappointing..

 
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