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cmcgeehan151

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Hi all,

A quick help thread. I brewed my second batch and followed advice from lhbs. We brewed and went right on top of the yeast cake and that's working out well. But I also harvested about 16 oz of trub to also get another use out the same yeast. I didn't "wash" or dump, I just took a sanitized 16 oz. mason jar and dipped in the trub to fill. Is this a problem? Do I need to make a starter to reuse? Or just warm up and put in the bottom of the fermenter and go I. Top? Planning on brewing Friday. Thank
 

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Dump and go. 16 oz is overkill. There is a calculator... Mrmalty.com iirc

And by overkill, i mean no worries... Dump and go. Relax.

And it is always better to sanitize and dip, then dump that into a sanitized bucket and add your next batch as opposed to dumping on the cake in the same bucket. Takes only a little more time and is less microbiologically risky. If you are into limiting risk.
 

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I hope you sanitized the jar before "dipping"? If not I would hesitate to use it at all.

Another source of information is yeastcalc.com.
 
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Thanks! I had the entire jar lid and cap submerged in starsan so I was sanitized.

And by "dipped". I literally dipped the jar into the trub to fill, capped screwed tight and then rinsed off into fridge.

So I'll just let the beasties warm up and into a sanitized ferment bucket then dump the wort. Gotta say, awesome getting 3 uses out of my first ever package of yeast!
 

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Look into freezing your yeast. I do 25% yeast 25% glycerin and 50% water in 20 ml vials. I make a starter a little larger than needed for my brew then use some of the extra to make 4 vials to freeze. If I made 4 new vials each time from the original to 4 generations I could brew 256 batches from the original package! And some brewers will go to 10 generations. That would be 1,048,576 batches from 1 package or vial of yeast.
 
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cmcgeehan151

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Thanks kh!!!

Is there anyway you could pm me the process just alittle more in depth for the 4x freeze. Gnat would simply ROCK!

Thanks!
 
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