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Old 07-30-2012, 02:26 AM   #1
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Default Harvesting Sweetwater IPA.

I have been wanting to harvest yeast from this beer since I first saw the bits floating in the bottom of a bottle several years ago.

I made 500ml of 1.020 wort using extra light dme. It was the first time working with dme and I have to say it takes some getting used to...Very messy stuff.

Was also my first time using StarSan. I had always used Iodafor(sp). I like StarSan MUCH better.

I carefully emptied the cold bottles into my big mug but saved the last 1/5 or so and then flamed the bottle lips with my butane torch and poured the remaining into the wort. Put some sanitized foil over the top and gave a good shake. I have no clue when or if I will see any signs of activity. If I don't, I will pitch this all into 1000ml of 1.030 wort after 5 days. If I do, I will cold crash 2 days after activity ends.

Wish me luck.

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Old 07-30-2012, 02:44 AM   #2
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Good luck! I always pick up a 12 pack or two of 420 and/or IPA when we go on vacation in October (HHI), but I've honestly never realized the yeast in the bottles. Im very interested in how this turns out, because I will definitely try this if it works for you! That IPA is awesome. You planning a clone if the yeast takes off? Got a recipe?


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I have not decided what I am going to do with it. I have mostly lost my taste for IPAs lately. Will probably do an amber.

I expect this to be a very fast fermenting yeast so I will use it to make something when the pipeline is low....Which right now is nonexistent. If it works out I will freeze several vials.
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Good luck with this
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Old 07-30-2012, 06:39 AM   #5
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Pretty sure they just use WLP001. My brother interviewed for a brewer position there and got a kind of behind the scenes tour.
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Just keep in mind that many breweries ferment with one yeast and bottle with another.
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But either way, it's a feather in your brewing cap if you pull it off.
I am looking to do the same thing for a wit with yeast from Vedett extra white,but that's just because I can't get the yeast over here. OH, and I'm a cheap skate, oh and to prove to some lads over here that it can be done.
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Pretty sure they just use WLP001.
Not the point at all. I would not expect them to use some rare designer yeast. Being able to propagate a healthy population of yeasties and use then is the goal.
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Just keep in mind that many breweries ferment with one yeast and bottle with another.
Sweetwater IPA is unpasteurized and unfiltered. The yeast in the bottle is indeed the yeast used to ferment.
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Just keep in mind that many breweries ferment with one yeast and bottle with another.
I see this repeated here & there on HBT. It is probably true as stated. However, I've listened to interviews with dozens (over 50, at a guess) and only ONE has stated this as his practice. It doesn't make much economic sense. Not trying to be a jerk--just sorta thinking aloud & sharing FWIW.
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