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Old 02-16-2011, 03:24 AM   #901
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Do you think it is absolutely necessary to first decant the slurry into the larger jar, let settle, then pour off into the pint size mason jars for storage?

Or could it simply be to decant the slurry from the primary fermenter into the pint size mason jars and then store?

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When you include this step you are pouring yeast in suspension off of trub that settles much faster...coagulated proteins from hot & cold break, hops, etc. If you plan on saving longer than a week or so as mentioned above you should not skip this step. In addition the trub can impart flavors to your brew if it is a lighter recipe. I always end up with layers of almost pure yeast and I like the fact that I end up with much smaller jars to store.


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Old 02-16-2011, 12:00 PM   #902
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So, how long will they keep in the fridge? I brew often, but not multiple batches a week.


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Old 02-16-2011, 10:15 PM   #903
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So far I've used yeast from 3 months ago with no problems but I dont know the exact shelf life. The beauty of the starter IMO is that you get to check the viability pre-pitching.
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Old 02-17-2011, 05:26 AM   #904
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thanks to the OP for this great thread! I just did this for the first time today. I didn't want to pour from bottle to bottle though because I was afraid of spilling all over the place. Instead I used a turkey baster to draw up the yeast layer. It worked well and then I poured of the last bit.
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TBel. Hope you sanitized the heck out of that turkey baster. :-)
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TBel. Hope you sanitized the heck out of that turkey baster. :-)
Nah! just rinsed it off with some water that was dripping off the roof.
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Nah! just rinsed it off with some water that was dripping off the roof.
That should do the trick
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:35 PM   #908
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This did come up as a question, but I didn't see it answered...

I racked by beer to the secondary today...thinking I would save the yeast. Well, when I started to do it and read the instructions and saw that I needed to cool the water overnight. So the question is:

Will my yeast be ok in the bottom of the primary overnight? I put the airlock back on and stuck it back in the closet. Thanks for any info.
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I tried this with a Lager yeast(Wyeast 2278) today and it didn't work so well. Everything just clumped back together and settled back out, no separation. It's worked great for me on Ale yeasts

Maybe I didn't mix it up enough when I added the initial water?
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Just wanted to ask again about the yeast sitting over night? I plan to finish up tonight but want to make sure I'm not wasting my time. Thanks.


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