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Old 10-18-2009, 04:31 PM   #511
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I've got a question. I brew 5 gallon batches, should I just use 2 pint mason jars to store the washed yeast, or can I use the 4 like Bernie does?


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Old 10-18-2009, 05:07 PM   #512
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I brew 5 gallon batches too. I get three or four pint jars of harvested yeast per batch. I always boil four jars just in case; sometimes I have enough to fill all four, sometimes three.


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Old 10-18-2009, 06:04 PM   #513
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i tried this. first time. from a 6 gallon batch of heavily dry hopped APA. boiled 2 quarts of water and let cool.
used star san for the jars/lids. one quart jars.



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Old 10-18-2009, 09:50 PM   #514
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Many thanks to Bernie Brewer for this method. I just tried it for the first time with minor mods.

- Boiled/sanitized 6 pint mason jars, and chilled overnight.
- Bottling day today - after racking and bottling, I add 5 pints of the sanitized water to the carboy and swirled.
- Save the 6th pint for topping up the others.
- Let the carboy sit for a few hours - NOTE - on its side, with the foil covered mouth of the carboy close to the sink.
- Hold the pints in the sink, and slightly tip up the carboy to fill the pints. This allowed for an easy, undisturbed, slow pour into the pints.
- Top up each with the remaining 6th pint.

What a money saver this will be -- 5 pints of healthy 1056 for my next series of ales -- fantastic!
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Old 10-18-2009, 09:56 PM   #515
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Man, the boiling of jars and what not reminds me of my old shroom making days! Aww, those ****ake's were so good! :-)
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Old 10-20-2009, 01:27 AM   #516
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Is this what I'm supposed to end up with?

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Old 10-20-2009, 02:00 AM   #517
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Is this what I'm supposed to end up with?

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Yep. Whenever you want to make a starter (not completely necessary, but advised,) bring to room temperature, pour off 90% of the beer colored liquid, swirl around, then pitch.
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Old 10-20-2009, 02:23 AM   #518
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That would be enough for a 5 gallon batch (1 half pint jar)?
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:58 PM   #519
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That would be enough for a 5 gallon batch (1 half pint jar)?
Sure. But use a starter.

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Yep. Whenever you want to make a starter (not completely necessary, but advised,) bring to room temperature, pour off 90% of the beer colored liquid, swirl around, then pitch.

I disagree. Make a starter. No ifs ands or buts. make a starter.
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Sure. But use a starter.




I disagree. Make a starter. No ifs ands or buts. make a starter.

No, I agree a starter is best. I have pitched without a starter and the beer turned out fine, but it took longer to take off.


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