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Old 02-06-2008, 08:53 PM   #1
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Default Yeast harvested from a beer yeast cake used for Apfelwein?

I was wanting to start another batch of Apfelwein tonight and i have a beer ready to rack to secondary as well. If i washed and harvested some of the beers yeast cake would it take well to fermenting a cider?

I am worried that because the fermentables are different form the beer to the cider the yeast may have trouble working in the apfelwein.

What do you think?


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Old 02-06-2008, 08:55 PM   #2
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Been there...done that.

You should be just fine.

Might be a bit more robust fermentation though so if'n you have a blow off tube, might be a good idea to employ.


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Old 02-06-2008, 08:55 PM   #3
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If you want to use a beer yeast, I'd say don't bother with the cake and just pitch a pack of Nottingham. Apart from the problem of not being able to ferment the fructose in apple juice, you may end up with some unwanted off flavors.

EDIT: On second thought, go ahead. I bow to BM's knowledge...
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hah, yeah i usually use nottingham but apparently i slacked on inventory and don't have a single pack on hand a i don't have a LHBS. But i the cake i would harvest would be the Wyeast 1007 German Ale, which i thought would be fitting for the Apfelwein...
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