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Old 08-25-2012, 10:18 PM   #1
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I have seen a few threads where folks have harvested yeast from a bottle of beer. Could someone explain how this could be best accomplished?

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Old 08-25-2012, 10:36 PM   #2
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I think Google is your friend on this one. Or start with Palmer's info.

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:12 PM   #3
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Yeah, it involves being very careful with sanitation and stepping up the size of the starter. Google it but give yourself a week to build it up to a sufficient size. I did it with a bells two hearted ale and could barley see the yeast I started with.

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:32 PM   #4
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Yeah, it involves being very careful with sanitation and stepping up the size of the starter. Google it but give yourself a week to build it up to a sufficient size. I did it with a bells two hearted ale and could barley see the yeast I started with.
Just curious, how long did this take to kick off? I have dregs from six bottles of bell THA in a starter right now, been about 48 hour and no signs of activity...

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:06 PM   #5
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Just curious, how long did this take to kick off? I have dregs from six bottles of bell THA in a starter right now, been about 48 hour and no signs of activity...
I started with the dregs of just 2 bottles and had activity within 24 hours if I recall, maybe a bit more. Surprised that you haven't seen anything yet. The bottles that I has we're only 3-4 weeks old do that might have helped.

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 04:21 PM   #6
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I've seen bottle harvested yeast take a day or as much as a week (old bottles with finicky strains) to show initial activity. I usually expect to see activity within 2-3 days.

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:13 PM   #7
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Just curious, how long did this take to kick off? I have dregs from six bottles of bell THA in a starter right now, been about 48 hour and no signs of activity...
What was your OG of your starter? It needs to be stepped up slowly.

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 06:30 PM   #8
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What was your OG of your starter? It needs to be stepped up slowly.
I used the regular 1/2 cup DME to 2 cups water for my starter...then added the dregs from 6 bottles.

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:29 PM   #9
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Is it on a stir plate?

 
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Old 08-27-2012, 07:34 PM   #10
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Is it on a stir plate?
Nope, intermittent stirring.

 
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