Is it necessary to do a yeast starter for washed reused yeast?

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robbo007

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Hi all,
I've checked out the info on yeast washing in my case I use dry yeast (Fermentis SafeAle 04) and was wondering if its necessary to create a yeast starter kit to use this washed yeast in the next brew? Or can you just pour it in?

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Rob
 

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I'm the same as Transamguy, but go even 3-4 weeks and not use a starter. I've seen that it takes longer before it gets going (36 hours or so), but works fine. I decant most of the liquid (I use Mason pint jars) and then mix yeast into a slurry and pitch.
 

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I usually get 3-4 jars from a yeast cake from a 5 gal batch cuz that's all I can keep in the fridge so I'll decant the liquid from 2 jars just enough to make a slurry and I'll pitch both and make starter. But yes def make a starter to rouse the yeast after being dormant in the cold fridge temps. That way u know u have good viable yeast and if theres an infection u should be able to smell it from what I understand the starter either will smell funky or just won't take off.
 

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I'm the same as Transamguy, but go even 3-4 weeks and not use a starter. I've seen that it takes longer before it gets going (36 hours or so), but works fine. I decant most of the liquid (I use Mason pint jars) and then mix yeast into a slurry and pitch.
I do the same with yeast up to two months old. Similar 36 hour lag time with older yeast, but worked out fine.
 
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One more question. I'm using 500L fermentation vessels and I get about 350L to 400L yield per batch. Whats a good calculator to calculate the reused yeast I need for a batch of this size.
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