using old yeast cake for new brew

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using old yeast cake for new brew

Postby akueck » Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:59 am

I've been brewing for about a year now. I'd like to reuse the yeast cake at the bottom of the carboy for a second batch of another beer. Will pouring the new wort into the carboy oxygenate the mix enough or should I give it a real good stir? When I usually pitch yeast, I leave the carboy open for 15-20 minutes before putting the airlock on. Does the same rule apply when I'm "pitching" onto the old yeast cake? Anything else I should know?
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Postby BillyBock » Mon Jun 05, 2006 5:57 am

Yep, pouring into the carboy should be sufficient. Since you're reusing a yeast cake, they really don't need a charge of oxygen as they already have their population. You'll find that they get to work right away--no lag phase for growth here! Watch out for an explosive ferment.

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exlposive?

Postby akueck » Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:05 pm

So how explosive are we talking? I'm only going to fill the carboy a little more than half full (small batch), so there should be plenty of headspace. Or is it the gas release rate that would be the problem, not the foamy stuff?

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Postby BillyBock » Mon Jun 05, 2006 7:26 pm

We're talking VIOLENT...foam everywhere. Make sure to leave plenty of headspace and use a BBBOT (big bore blow-off tube). You should be ok only filling it half way. The BBBOT (about 1" diam) should be routed to a small bucket of water as an airlock--use this configuration until things calm down. Otherwise a regular airlock could clog and pressure would build up inside the carboy, which may not be safe.
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