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Old 05-09-2008, 02:12 AM   #1
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I have a yeast cake sitting here with about 1/4" of beer still on it. I wanted to wash the yeast but just never got to it, now I am about to go out of town for several days and was wondering if it will still be viable at that point. How long do I have to get good viable yeast from washing? A couple days, a week, several weeks if kept at a good temp with liquid on it? Someone educate me.


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Old 05-09-2008, 10:59 AM   #2
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I have a yeast cake sitting here with about 1/4" of beer still on it. I wanted to wash the yeast but just never got to it, now I am about to go out of town for several days and was wondering if it will still be viable at that point. How long do I have to get good viable yeast from washing? A couple days, a week, several weeks if kept at a good temp with liquid on it? Someone educate me.
If it were me, i'd wash the yeast and fridge it until you need it. I think there's a sticky somewhere on the forum w/ a walkthrough for washing yeast and you could probably find more information on the viability of yeast cakes elsewhere. I've never pitched straight onto a yeastcake per Jamil's advice.
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As I recall, Orfy had a similar situation a while back. The general consensus was that as long as there was a layer of beer covering the yeast it would be fine. I don't remember whether he refrigerated the carboy or not. Probably not. I would, but that's just me.

Here are two threads discussing the same thing:
Yeast Cake...How Long?

Yeast washing - no time - Bad idea?

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