Originally Posted by duskb
1. I've been gathering quite a bit of yeast (WLP 001) over several batches and I must have at least 2-3 cups of nice solid yeast. As far as I can tell this yeast appears no different than the yeast I buy in the yeast tubes which I pitch without a starter, I just have alot more of it. When you have this quantity of young yeast (less than 3 mos old) can you avoid a starter process altogether and just "go for it"? What do you think?
(FWIW the last batch I ran a starter on I used ALOT of yeast (a full WLP vial) and it was literally blowing itself out the airlock. Clearly I had a healthy amount.)
2. I'm considering pulling my beer out of primary between 2-3 weeks (I occasionally need the bucket) and go straight to keg for a week (rather than my carboy) for "additional" conditioning before carbing. Anyone has +'s or -'s on this lazy technique?
If you have enough in jars, go for it....are you washing it, or just storing the trub? It's just like pitching onto a yeast cake.
I don't understand your statement about using a "Whole Tube" of wlp. That is what you should ALWAYS use to get your starter going.
Q#2....That's what I do, but I go ahead and hit it with some pressure to ensure a good seal on the keg.....but 99% of the time it's between 2 and 3 weeks.