Should I harvest the yeast?

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all_about_stouts

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Ok well I'm new to homebrewing and I've been doing as much reading and research as I can, but this question is pretty specific and I haven't been able to find the answer.

I brewed the popular extract kit, Caribou Slobber by Northern Brewer, and I'm a few days away from bottling. The kit came with Windsor Ale Beer Yeast, which is a dry yeast. (link for yeast: http://www.danstaryeast.com/products/windsor-ale-beer-yeast)

My question is: Is it worth harvesting the yeast? I plan on doing 1 to 2.5 gallon BIAB batches in the future and I figure this will help save on the costs. I was looking at a recipe for a milk stout and it required an Irish ale yeast. So will this totally screw up the flavor if I use washed Windsor yeast?

Sorry if this is a basic or stupid question! Cheers.
 

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I started harvesting yeast just for practice. Making sure I had the equipment and techniques down.

When I purchase a Private Collection strain or settle on a strain I'll use regularly, I'll be better prepared.

I did recently reused a yeast slurry I harvested 60days ago in a 1-gal jug (a Pico-brew Saison) and fermentation went great. I'll taste it next week.

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all_about_stouts

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Ok I'll definitely harvest the yeast. I'm going to purchase an Erlenmeyer flask and stopper to make starters later on. I'm not sure if I should go with the larger 2 liter flask or just stick with the 1 liter since I won't really be doing huge batches.

Any recommendations on sizes or maybe link me to a good one to purchase?
 

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