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    Starter necessary?

    Thank you both, that's interesting. Sounds like using a pack of dry yeast might be the better option, given that I would need the yeast to be ready in a couple of hours or so. However, what "cupboard items" would work as a starter? In my naiivity "sugar" srpings to mind, but surely there is a...
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    Starter necessary?

    This question has been asked before but I didn't get much of an answer. I harvested yeast from a previous brew, which was about 2 months ago. I harvested it after bottling and used half of the harvest in my next brew which was just one week later. That beer fermented really well and quickly. I...
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    Re-using yeast

    In this instance I used half a pack of salfale (it's only a 10l batch, I only ever brew small batches). Looking at it, it doesn't seem to have too much trub but then again it might be hard to tell if it is not washed out
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    Re-using yeast

    Good point! I just realised that! How do I figure out how much to pitch? And is it ok that it will include the trub and all the grain gunk?
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    Re-using yeast

    So my recent brew should be ready to be bottled this weekend (it will then be two weeks since it was brewed). I want to do another one and I was thinking I should be okay to bottle it, say Saturday, and brew the next batch on Sunday and just reuse the "old" yeast as it, right? It may have a bit...
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    Mashing at single temperature vs step mashing

    Ok. Would you then just stick to the recipe? Also do you have experience with step mashing and how it compares to single temp mashing? I know that it is widely used in homebrewing in Germany for example. And I personally have only had good results with it - but I only did one (my first) beer...
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    Mashing at single temperature vs step mashing

    Thank you! This is really interesting. I always (wrongly ?) thought that the longer you mash and the more starches you can get out of the grains, the higher the OG and the higher the ABV will be in the end. Is that not the case?
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    Mashing at single temperature vs step mashing

    Hi guys it's been a while but I just ordered hops and grains for some new brews! My partner wanted to try some of the brew dog recipes so I thought, why not. I'm not a beer brew expert at all but I've had some successful brews. I usually do step mashing with rests at several different...
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