First yeast wash?? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Techniques > First yeast wash??

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-25-2007, 02:31 AM   #1
Cos
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Posts: 136


I mixed half quart of sterile water in my primary bucket, swirled around and poured into a sterile quart jar. Hour later (at room temp), I had about half a jar of junk at the bottom and I poured off the top into a second quart jar half full of water. I put in the frig.

Day later, this is what I've got


Does this look right? I was expecting a lot more yeast at the bottom. This liquid is pretty clear.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2007, 02:55 AM   #2
DeadYetiBrew
Recipes 
 
Jan 2007
Memphis, TN
Posts: 1,046
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Cos
I mixed half quart of sterile water in my primary bucket, swirled around and poured into a sterile quart jar. Hour later (at room temp), I had about half a jar of junk at the bottom and I poured off the top into a second quart jar half full of water. I put in the frig.

Day later, this is what I've got


Does this look right? I was expecting a lot more yeast at the bottom. This liquid is pretty clear.
That's about what i got from my Irish Ale yeast, except i kept cleaning and washing and got 7 jars out of it.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2007, 06:03 PM   #3
Cos
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Posts: 136

Should I bottle the whole thing? 32 oz won't fit in a 12 oz bottle. Should I pour off about half and bottle the rest?

That doesn't look like much yeast to me.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2007, 06:26 PM   #4
Philip1993
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Posts: 1,636
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Cos
Should I bottle the whole thing? 32 oz won't fit in a 12 oz bottle. Should I pour off about half and bottle the rest?

That doesn't look like much yeast to me.

I keep mine in vials, so I would pour of 95% of the liquid and stick in a vial. Otherwise, yes. Decant 20oz and put the remaining 12 in a bottle.

As for your yeast, it appears that you were extra vigilant with your trub removal. I did the same thing my first time (I've done a whopping 3) and got low yield, but a perfect yeast layer. Drop that hour wait time to about 10-15 minutes.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2007, 09:33 PM   #5
DeadYetiBrew
Recipes 
 
Jan 2007
Memphis, TN
Posts: 1,046
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Cos
Should I bottle the whole thing? 32 oz won't fit in a 12 oz bottle. Should I pour off about half and bottle the rest?

That doesn't look like much yeast to me.
You don't need all that liquid, or any liquid at all... i keep mine in the mason jars...

Some people say that keeping them in liquid will actually make the least last longer, and some say that the extra liquid will make is spoil faster... Kind of a toss up... i have no liquid in mine, but i'm going to start leaving liquid in the jars, after all the smak paks are liquid.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2007, 01:06 AM   #6
Cos
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Posts: 136

After 15 minutes the trub hadn't settled too much. There wasn't really much to pour off.

I knew I should have saved the yeast vial.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2007, 01:20 AM   #7
biohazzardbrewing
Recipes 
 
Aug 2007
Posts: 18
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


That looks fine. Yeast cells are pretty big and they fall out of solution if they are not shaking. That "junk" at the bottom is a butt load of yeast cells.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2007, 01:38 AM   #8
Cos
Recipes 
 
Jul 2007
Posts: 136

Based on the picture above,would you say that's more or less yeast cells than you get in a pitchable vial?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2007, 01:58 AM   #9
talleymonster
 
talleymonster's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2005
Posts: 2,142
Liked 22 Times on 12 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by Cos
Based on the picture above,would you say that's more or less yeast cells than you get in a pitchable vial?
Either way, just use a starter. You'll be able to get your yeast quantity high enough to pitch.



But in answer to your question:

It looks like it might be slightly less than you get in a vial.
__________________


 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Should I wash this yeast? sparkyaber Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 9 04-23-2009 06:11 PM
1st yeast wash done... tireater General Beer Discussion 6 04-21-2009 05:07 PM
Can I still yeast Wash berwick12 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 1 03-27-2009 06:53 AM
Yeast wash looking like... um The Pol General Techniques 6 05-20-2007 02:42 PM
Yeast wash rewster451 General Techniques 19 01-02-2006 09:16 PM


Forum Jump