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Old 06-23-2007, 12:13 PM   #51
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fantastic thread i'm ready to dive in as well


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Old 06-25-2007, 12:21 PM   #52
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here are my findings from this weekend:

1. I think I misplaced my digital camera....that suxors more than teh suck! I'm a little bit upset, I couldn't take pictures of the yeast fun.
2. I used my starter in my Oatmeal Stout... Starters = Awesome! I had that nifty little krausen going in 4-5 hours!!!!!
3. Washed the yeast outta my British Pale Ale, and I'll start making more of it today

Overall, I think this weekend was a success!


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Old 06-28-2007, 08:36 PM   #53
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For freezing yeast I read you should mix in glycerin. I had a heck of a time finding any. I finally found some at Rite Aid in the facial products area. Anyone know of a place to find it in bigger bottles?
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Old 06-28-2007, 10:00 PM   #54
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Check VWR and Sigma-Aldrich. They may or may not sell food grade, expect to pay more though.
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Old 07-05-2007, 08:06 PM   #55
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Hey all you yeast washing experts...this is my 2nd attempt. The first went fine...added the preboiled water to the carboy, swirled, and got some ugly-looking trub to separate.

This time, I did the same thing, but there's no ugly trub layer...just a nice even gray layer of what looks suspiciously like yeast. This is after a couple hours in the fridge:
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Is that bottom layer all yeast?

I should note that this was a 7.5 gallon batch, and while I used pellet hops, I strained the wort through a reaaly fine mesh bag (which kept clogging), and so what went into the fermenters was pretty clean.
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Old 07-05-2007, 08:11 PM   #56
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Hey all you yeast washing experts...this is my 2nd attempt. The first went fine...added the preboiled water to the carboy, swirled, and got some ugly-looking trub to separate.

This time, I did the same thing, but there's no ugly trub layer...just a nice even gray layer of what looks suspiciously like yeast. This is after a couple hours in the fridge:
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Is that bottom layer all yeast?

I should note that this was a 7.5 gallon batch, and while I used pellet hops, I strained the wort through a reaaly fine mesh bag (which kept clogging), and so what went into the fermenters was pretty clean.
Looks like all clean yeast to me.

You have about 3-4 batches of yeast there.
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Looks like all clean yeast to me.

You have about 3-4 batches of yeast there.
Thanks! Guess I better get brewing
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That looks real nice man!

you should freeze some for later


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