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Old 05-19-2012, 05:16 PM   #1
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Default Yeast from a sixer?

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"I absolutely LOVE the Kellerweis. Can't wait to attempt to brew it myself, esp if I can use the yeast from a sixer"
Found this here

I have heard of re-using yeast. I was looking around for a clone of Kellerweis. I saw the quote above. I guess you can gather the yeast from a brew and grow it and re-use it... successfully.

My question is... Really?
My second is... How?

A vial of yeast at $7 is not the finacial hurdle of brewing costs, but using a "new" yeast strain for a hefe is intriging.

Farming the yeast from a six pack of beer, Anybody done it?


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Old 05-19-2012, 05:27 PM   #2
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Yes, it can be done. But only with commercial beers that are bottle conditioned. You can usually tell this by looking for a layer of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Here you go.


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Old 05-19-2012, 05:29 PM   #3
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I have not done it, but it can be done. Go to google and search "how to harvest yeast from a beer bottle". You'll find in depth instructions as well as several videos walking you through the process.
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This is how ya do it..... it's pretty simple.
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I have a culture from Bell's 2 Hearted Ale on my stirplate right now. It's on it's second step. Hopefully in another week or so the yeasties will be ready for battle.
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great info
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Kellerweis has viable yeast in it. I've harvested and used it.

Unfortunately I was not impressed with the yeast. Made several batches, but never really got the same flavors as SN does. I believe they use open fermenters.

I'm thinking of waking my sample up again (if it is still alive .... been stored for almost 2 years now) and trying again, but at higher temperatures to see what it produces.


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