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Old 06-22-2013, 03:00 PM   #2051
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3 questions on this -

#1 - I brewed a porter and an IPA and for both batches the guys at HBS told me to pitch a packet of dry yeast with the smack pack, so I did. Is that a common practice to get enough yeast?

#2 - I used 1056 and Safale US-05. is the Safale like a 'generic' ale yeast that can mix with other ale yeasts? Does it make a difference using two varieties?

#2 - I want to start washing yeast - is having two varieties any issue for this?
I've used them both. They are the same yeast, but don't taste the same in the finished product. Same with the white labs wlp001. Same strain. The white labs and wyeast are very, very similar with the safale us-05 being the different one in the set (because its dry packaging processes from what I've been told). You shouldn't have any problems though.

 
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Old 06-23-2013, 01:09 PM   #2052
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Have you checked he gravity?
No, but I removed the lid on Saturday and saw a small kraussen ring! So, something was going on in that wort! I rep itched 11.5 grams of us-04 from a spare pack I had...

 
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Old 06-27-2013, 05:59 PM   #2053
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While I only harvest from starters now (signature for link), I couldn't agree more with this.
And I primarily only top-crop now, but every now and then I fill a big-ass jar with slurry. I once got about 1L of settled slurry from the FV, pretty clean, too.
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Old 06-29-2013, 04:46 PM   #2054
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Just attempted my first yeast wash with Wyeast North West Ale. I have a question, because I didn't have tongs I used star san to sanitize my jars and such. Is using star san going to screw me up or is it an acceptable alternative to boiling everything?

 
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:56 PM   #2055
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That's fine for sanitizing everything. Boiling the water is mainly done to drive the oxygen out to help the yeast go dormant.
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:26 PM   #2056
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That's fine for sanitizing everything. Boiling the water is mainly done to drive the oxygen out to help the yeast go dormant.
Thanks for the reply!

 
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:06 PM   #2057
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Duplicate post sorry

 
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:33 PM   #2058
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It seems to me that there have been quite a few inquiries about yeast washing lately, so since I was racking/washing today, I grabbed the digital camera to illustrate one way of doing it. I have had great success with this method, so I thought I'd share. Here goes:


The only materials that I use besides regular racking equipment is this:
4 pint sized Mason jars w/lids
1 larger container for extra water
1 kitchen tongs
My old boiling kettle from my original brewing kit.





I put all the stuff- lids and all- in the pot and add enough water to cover it:




Boil it for about 20 minutes or so. This will sanitize everything as well as get rid of any oxygen in the water, so the yeasties will take a nice long nap. Then remove the jars and lids with the tongs, keeping them full of water.





Cover all the jars and let cool in the fridge for several hours, or maybe overnight.

Thanks for the info on yeast washing. It is great. There is only one thing that I'd like to ask.

You end up with 4 pints of liquid. The rest of the liquid from the bigger jar is waste and stays behind as the sediment settles during the washing?

Also...is there a way to calculate how much extra water we need for the big jar? I am asking because I dont wanna lose yeast by using too much water. Thanks.

 
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Old 07-06-2013, 02:28 AM   #2059
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I've been using this method for about 5 batches now; it's great! I've been very successful, even with the mighty Conan! Thank you!
My question...do I need to make a starter? Could I pitch one or even two pint size mason jars (about a half inch on bottom) right into the wort?
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I've been using this method for about 5 batches now; it's great! I've been very successful, even with the mighty Conan! Thank you!
My question...do I need to make a starter? Could I pitch one or even two pint size mason jars (about a half inch on bottom) right into the wort?
You don't have to make a starter but it doesn't hurt. Kinda lets the yeast wake up before you put em to work.
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