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Old 01-27-2005, 05:20 AM   #1
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Old 01-27-2005, 06:02 AM   #2
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Ok, that is an AWESOME site! Extremely helpful information and helped me to better understand all grain brewing.

I'd be curious as to others thoughts on his re-using yeast process as well.



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Old 01-27-2005, 02:19 PM   #3
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I'd be curious as to others thoughts on his re-using yeast process as well.
That'll work fine, but I think you're safer to just rack a new batch onto the old yeast slurry...
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Old 01-28-2005, 01:52 AM   #4
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Is the decision to employ decoction vs single step infusion driven by beer style or level of involvement? That is to say, does decoction offer superior flavors?

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That's a cool site..Thanks for the link.

That guy ended up with a very clear wort.

I've done two all grain batches and they were quite cloudy, probably because I didn't recirculate the first runnings enough??. Does everyone else get nice clear wort like that guy?
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SWEEEEEEEEEETTTTT! Great stuff!!!! Gonna make me a mash tun this weekend.

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That's a cool site..Thanks for the link.

That guy ended up with a very clear wort.

I've done two all grain batches and they were quite cloudy, probably because I didn't recirculate the first runnings enough??. Does everyone else get nice clear wort like that guy?

I didn't notice that his wort was any clearer than anything I've brewed... I've never been too worried about wort clarity. It's the finished product that I care about. I use a tblsp of irish moss for the last 20 minutes of the boil. It pretty much does the trick for me.
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The clarity of the runnings really has very little to do with the clarity of the finished product. Recirculating a few quarts won't really change anything. Most of it settles out.

Recirculating a LOT does seem to help. We always got crystal clear wort and finished beer with a RIMS system...
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That'll work fine, but I think you're safer to just rack a new batch onto the old yeast slurry...
I do a two-stage ferment and don't have enough equipment (yet) to get another batch going from the primary yeast slurry right after racking. I'd end up with a 2 week primary ferment then. Can I extract from the secondary and toss that back into the primary? Don't know if I'd do that but curious to the response. The easiest thing would be to go get me another carboy!
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I do a two-stage ferment and don't have enough equipment (yet) to get another batch going from the primary yeast slurry right after racking. I'd end up with a 2 week primary ferment then. Can I extract from the secondary and toss that back into the primary? Don't know if I'd do that but curious to the response. The easiest thing would be to go get me another carboy!
Sure, you can do it. When I've needed to re-use my primary for one reason or another, I've racked it, then as it gets towards the bottom, schwirl it up good and transfer the racking to a jug or something. Try to suck up as much yeast slurry as possible by using the can like a vacuum cleaner and rocking the carboy. That's your pitch for the batch you're making today.

And of course, sanitizing everything is of even greater than usual importance in this operation.


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