Hello, I'm not sure whether the question I'm about to ask is genius or if I should dig the ol' dunce cap out from storage.
I have 5 gal carboys, and I'm getting 6 gal carboys in the mail. I'm making a 5 gal recipe using WLP550 Belgian Yeast, which requires a lot of headspace. I already made a beer in a 5g carboy using said yeast and want to reuse the slurry. However, after seeing how much beer I lost due to headspace, I'd rather ferment it in this upcoming 6g carboy by using the same yeast. So obviously I could yeast wash and make a starter, but... the slurry is healthy and the style is similar. If I weren't so concerned with headspace I'd just reuse the 5g carboy, but since I've got this here 6g carboy, I'd rather use that.
I have a funnel... can I just rinse the slurry with pasteurized beer or RO water and then funnel it into this new 6g carboy, or is something going to prevent that from working out? And since the slurry is obviously viable, do I even need to bother washing, just pitch in as much free slurry that pours out of my carboy without washing?
Surprisingly or unsurprisingly, this question appears not to have been asked yet.
You can trust me to make the beer. You cannot trust me with what I'll do to it once it's done.