Saving half a vile of liquid yeast for later?

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HopsMeister

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A recipe I plan on making calls for half pounds of a handful of specialty grains that I bought in one pound increments. Since i have twice the grain I need I figured I would make two batches. My question is:

Does anybody have experience using half a vile of yeast at a time? I plan on dumping half in a starter and closing up the other half and putting it in the fridge for probably 2 months. Is this a bad idea?
 

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Why not just harvest and save the yeast from the first batch? Do a search for yeast harvesting and yeast washing, a lot of people do it with great results.
 

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Beerrific said:
Why not just harvest and save the yeast from the first batch? Do a search for yeast harvesting and yeast washing, a lot of people do it with great results.
I do this with great results, I also culture the yeast from fresh tubes on slants for growing starters later. It is the bomb.:rockin:
 

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I agree. Just try using the whole vial of yeast. You could pitch the next batch right on top of the old yeast cake. Make sure to use a blow off tube though!
 

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Use the entire vial in the starter. Sterilize (not sanitize) the tube & cap. Refill from the starter just before pitching.
 
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Thanks for the ideas, I think I will go with your idea David since I am a little to lazy to start messing around with yeast too much and your suggestion sounds the easiest to me.
 
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