do i have to make a starter from washed yeast?

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Tommy1858

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Do i have to make a starter from washed yeast or can i just throw it into my next batch? The washed yeast will only be in the fridge for about a week before i brew again.
 

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If the yeast cell counts are appropriate for the batch you're planning, you do not need to make a starter. Yeast viability will not decrease much in a week stored in a fridge. I've done this a number of times when my brew day was delayed for one reason or another.
 

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My guess is you'd have to make a starter because you'll be storing it in the refrigerator which to my understanding puts your yeast to "sleep". I'd like to know about this as well because I'd like to start yeast washing
 

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how much washed yeast do you have? a pic would help
 

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You do not have to, but depending on some variables, you may want to.

P.S. I just pitched a jar of washed yeast for my last batch, but I had a few things in my favor for that one.
 

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It would be beneficial to. You don't have to do anything though.
 

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I do it all the time.

I often don't know that I'll be brewing until that morning, so I don't get to make starters too often. Definitely will help to pull the yeast out when you start brewing and let it get up to temp. I tend to over pitch when I do this too, I guess I figure it will have a better chance of having the correct amount of viable yeast.
 
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Thanks guys im going to over pitch as im making 2 1/2 gallon batches on the stove top playing around with different things corn vs rice in recipes and have already came up with a very good daily drinker that my BMC friends enjoy too . A lemon beer in the fermenter now and a Sam Adams sort of thing is up next with the washed yeast
 

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