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Offline gwapogorilla

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yeast washing
« on: February 23, 2013, 06:37:45 AM »
Hey guys, I'm planning on saving some yeast from my Belgian Wit. I've seen quite a few videos on the subject on "youtube", and I feel comfortable doing it.
 I am just wondering how long it will keep in the fridge? I can't much information at all on this subject.

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Re: yeast washing
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2013, 07:02:49 AM »
I have done up to 4 months although you'll need bigger starters.

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Re: yeast washing
« Reply #2 on: February 23, 2013, 07:30:34 AM »
I have heard two weeks, but all you would need to do is to feed it a small starter to keep it active and then you'd have another two weeks.

I've done that when brew day got delayed and it was fine. 


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Re: yeast washing
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2013, 04:11:47 PM »
Generally as fast as you can brew.   Each wash gets better.  To a point.  Make sure you calculate your starter volume from the 'yeast drop' date, not the harvest date.

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Re: yeast washing
« Reply #4 on: February 23, 2013, 10:35:32 PM »
I think in 2 years it will be completely dead even at 35 degrees F. At 6 months I would taste and smell it before using. At 1 year I would make a starter with it before using it.