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Old 07-26-2011, 12:31 PM   #1
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Default Harvesting Yeast From Beer Bottle

Obviously one can harvest yeast from the fermenter, but has anyone ever harvested the yeast out of a beer bottle? I see no reason why it can't be done. Sure there is not as many yeasties in a bottle vs a carboy or the like, but with a little love they should be able to multiply to large enough quantities for the desired purpose.

It seems easier to me than washing your yeast. Thoughts?


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Old 07-26-2011, 12:37 PM   #2
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It's a popular thing to do down in Australia with the commercial cooper's ales. You'd have to visit their sight to see how they do it. http://www.coopers.com.au/ But they do it in the bottle down there. It'd be just as easy to swirl the dregs in the bottle around to dump them into some small amount of wort to culture them. Seems to me,anyway,to be like a small starter. Similar to yeast washing. Some over here have done it with bottles containing the Pacman yeast,SN I think?


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The small brewing book that came with my brewing kit has a section that explains how to do it. I am at work though and do not have it with me. Just wanted to tell you that it is possible and im sure someone will answer with more details. If i recall its very similar to making any other starter.
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Yeah,washing yeast or culturing from the bottle,as I remember,are about the same. I just forget how the Aussie's did it in the bottle. Been a while. I think they just add some wort to the bottle & cover with sanitized foil.
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