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Old 09-28-2013, 12:14 AM   #2141
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I see that the big jar in the process is usually a mason jar or something with a large mouth on it. Would it be ok to use a 1 gallon glass jug (like a milk jug, or one that's carboy shaped)? I guess what I'm asking is would the smaller neck mess up the pour into the mason jars once it has settled?


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Old 10-02-2013, 02:15 PM   #2142
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USMCPayne, I'm sure you'd be fine!

Guys, I was out of time the other day, so instead of washing properly, after racking the beer out of the carboy I just swirled the remenants and threw them into a big mason jar. I know I've got a bunch of gunk in there with the yeast, do you think I need to wash it before using it again?

I was thinking: use it to make a starter, and then wash that as per usual. Or would this even be necessary?


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Old 10-02-2013, 02:29 PM   #2143
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I would use it, especially if you are brewing the same style, or similar, with it.
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:35 PM   #2144
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Depends on how long you are going to wait to use it.

If you are going to use it fairly quickly (within a week or so), I'd use it as is. Read the first post in this thread to find out how much to use.

If it's going to be longer than that, I'd wash it.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:07 PM   #2145
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Sweet, thanks!
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:04 PM   #2146
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Well, I brewed a batch of Great Lakes Christmas Ale yesterday and made a starter with yeast I had washed from the last batch I made of it from back in January. The airlock is bubbling away as we speak less than 12 hours after I pitched the starter!
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Old 10-23-2013, 01:26 PM   #2147
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So I'm attempting to wash yeast for the first time. This is a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale yeast I harvested from their bottles. I stepped it up a few times and pitched into my own Pale Ale recipe. It fully fermented out to my expected FG (1.016) and I just racked to dry hop the beer. I boiled and cooled water according to the instructions here, poured it in the fermenter, let it settle for 25 minutes then poured it into the gallon jug. It left a LOT of the hop material behind. Now I'm letting it settle again in the gallon jug for 25 minutes or so. After about 15 this is what it looks like.

It LOOKS like there is a substantial amount of yeast at the bottom (due to the really light colored sediment at the bottom, it matches the color of the yeast I washed from harvesting). There is liquid separated on top, I understand I want to toss that? The yeast looks like grain trub to me, is that just because it has fermented and changed colors?
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:55 PM   #2148
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Your second picture looks perfect. You're not going to separate out all the trub and hops from yeast, so you'll see some other stuff in there.
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LOL, I know the second picture looks perfect. That's yeast from the starter I made when harvesting from SNPA, not from the actual brew. The first picture is the one I'm concerned about, thats the yeast I'm currently washing. The second picture is for reference in the color of the yeast at the bottom of the 1 gallon jar.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:54 PM   #2150
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I'm getting ready to start doing a "Farmhouse" yeast strain and this is going to help a bunch.


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