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Old 04-08-2014, 03:25 AM   #1
Mar 2009
Natick, MA
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Hi everyone. I had the experience that most people have when they first need to use a blowoff tube. My carboy was about to explode with krausen so I shoved some tubing I had around into the bung and dropped the tube in water. Everything was sanitized. Now I have essentially an open air waterlock on my fermenting beer. I was wondering about how to crop this yeast. I mean, this is the best yeast bar none possible. It would be clean, very fresh, extremely healthy and active, and best yet... free. I found this system called a Burton Union System

and I was wondering if anyone has something similar. I mostly do wheat beers or german styles with yeast that has extremely vigorous fermentation. Top cropping is key, particularly for wheat yeast. This seems like a closed system apart from opening it up after the fermentation and collecting all of that wonderful yeast. I could even stick a bit of starter liquid in the container to give the yeast something to eat. What do you think? For 20$, this pays for itself in about 2 beers. Are there better options available? This looks like a tiny and fun project.

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Old 04-08-2014, 06:23 AM   #2
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utrecht, netherlands
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that looks great. nice and clean, and easy to clean after use. my 2 euro-cents: you can get great and cheap plastic quick disconnects, i would consider using those on the tubing so you can easily remove the jar. and i personally would avoid putting wort in there, the fresh yeast doesn't need food so you don't really have much to gain, and i think you're asking for trouble having a potential infection waiting around for some yeast to find its way up there.

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