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Old 03-08-2008, 08:46 PM   #1
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so before it even starts bubbling theres a bunch of sediment on the bottom. Must be the cold break and bits of pelletized hops trub. So, cause for concern? Should i rack into the 2ndary sooner?
Also brings me to another question: in this situation is it still worthwhile to harvest the yeast after primary fermentation? Or how about just reusing it...wouldn't the trub and the now pulverized hop remains impart characteristics to a new brew?
Colour me: inquisitive

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Old 03-08-2008, 08:51 PM   #2
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Leave it alone and it will be fine. If you want the beer nice and clear rack it to a clearing tank after the FG has been reached.
As fo the yeast, you can harvest it and "wash" it.

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Old 03-08-2008, 08:52 PM   #3
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Allow the beer to ferment completely then rack it to another vessle. There is no big concern with the sediment, however you don't want to leave the beer on it too long after fermentation is complete.
As for reusing the yeast, I wouldn't because the cells will be coated with hop resines and trub, this decreases viability. There is an acid wash that one can perform to clean the yeast and revitalise them, you could search for it and see if it's worth it.

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Old 03-08-2008, 08:54 PM   #4
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I never strain and my beers turn out great. I usually primary for two weeks or more and then I usually do secondary for a week or more just because there is so much trub it makes it easier at bottling time. Besides, I like playing with the beer. If you do re-use some of the trub for your next batch, get ready for a real quick fermentation and definitely use a blow off hose. I use about a coffee cup full.

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Old 03-08-2008, 09:01 PM   #5
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If it is dry yeast then it is really not worth it to wash and reuse. If it is liquid then it makes some sense. Good Luck your beer will be fine.

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