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Old 06-11-2013, 04:41 AM   #1
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Default Wild Yeast: Harvested Last Week, Pitched Today

About a week ago, I had some leftover Cream Ale wort. So I took about 500 mL, put it in a pitcher, placed that pitcher under a bush in my yard for 4 hours, then moved that (hopefully) inoculated solution to a flask.

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Old 06-11-2013, 04:47 AM   #2
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Awesome, I've been wanting to do something like this but haven't gotten around to it yet. Interested to see how it comes out for you. Maybe I'll mix up some starter wort and try it this week.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:14 AM   #3
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Awesome, I've been wanting to do something like this but haven't gotten around to it yet. Interested to see how it comes out for you. Maybe I'll mix up some starter wort and try it this week.
My philosophy was basically, "this is how they did it before they knew there was yeast." I've been reading about all these sophisticated ways of harvesting yeast, plating it, isolating a cell, growing it back up, etc, etc. I just wanted to experiment a bit, and the whole thing has cost me maybe $5 and a couple hours of my time.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:51 AM   #4
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Looks awesome.
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Old 06-11-2013, 01:39 PM   #5
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Nice. I did a wild yeast fermentation a year ago and got some good results. I thought I had a thread here about it, but can't seem to locate it (though I have some posts on my blog if you're interested in checking them out - http://www.brewbybrew.com/search/label/Wild%20Yeast).

I think this type of experimentation has a lot of potential. Good luck. Keep us all posted on how things go.
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Great work, and let us know how it goes. I have harvested wild yeast before too--but only for making a sourdough starter! I will have to try it with beer one of these days too.
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24 hours since pitching and it's fermenting beautifully!! Smells quite nice too.
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This weekend I am brewing a Belgian Pale Ale using wlp550 in primary and then doing an open secondary to capture any wild yeast in my area for a refermentation.
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Odd looking, but it's fermenting.
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Looks like a bunch of hop gunk.
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