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starter question

Postby dartedplus » Sat Dec 14, 2002 12:58 pm

OK, the starter is started, my question is, when I add it to my wort, do I add the whole thing or just the slurry???

Ed...if I drink too much, I start to slurry my speech
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Postby Freon12 » Sat Dec 14, 2002 1:45 pm

I like to add the whole 2litre starter for two reasons:

1) Some yeast is still suspended in the soultion.

2) The alcohol content of the starter may kill some undesirable microbes.


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Get that conical.

Postby Brewer2001 » Sat Dec 14, 2002 2:10 pm

Ed,

Here is a prime example of the use of the fermenter that you want. First in answer to your question. Yes add the entire volume, unless you feel that there is a large amount of sediment from any previous pitches (assuming this was collected from a slurry). Adding the a measured volume is the only indication you have to judge your pitch rate.

Now if you had your conical you could be more selective about which yeast you collect for repitching. I know am a @$%^&*+! I hope you get your Christmas present. If you need a selling point figure out how much you can save on yeast if you brew often enough.

Good brewing.

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I do plan on saving some of this slurry

Postby dartedplus » Sat Dec 14, 2002 3:43 pm

Once I rack this batch, I do plan on saving some of the slurry so I can make another batch out of it sometime down the road. How long of a shelf life will it have???
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Starter Answer

Postby Push Eject » Sat Dec 14, 2002 7:58 pm

Ed,
If your starter is at full krausen (high foamy goodness) add the whole thing, if the krausen has FALLEN, decant the liquid and pitch just the slurry.

That's the real deal, dude!
Enjoy!
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Yeast Washing

Postby BillyBock » Sun Dec 15, 2002 5:54 am

Hey, Darted. Maybe you should consider yeast washing? It'll help you shed dead yeast, trub, and other matter from the yeast. I've been reading up on it because I have a primary that's coming to a close and I want to retain the yeast, but it'll probably be at least a month before I brew again. As I understand it, washed yeast can sit under sterile water (or beer--good use for Bud, eh?) for a month before there's a significant loss in viability. But of course before you use them, you should wake them up with a starter. Here's the link:
http://www.wyeastlab.com/hbrew/hbyewash.htm

Here's an article I found on acid washing:
http://brewpubmag.com/99sep/craftbrewer.html

Hope this helps.
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