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Washed Yeast

Postby clarkfamilyhb on Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:36 pm

Hey all,

Got a question about some washed yeast and knowing if it is bad. I forgot to grab some yeast at the home brew store so I decided to use some washed yeast, but apparently I didn’t do the best job washing it and there is some hop materials left over. I don’t think there was very much hop material, just a small layer at the bottom of the jar. The hop material is currently sitting on top of the krausen so I know I have some good yeast growth and I am not too concerned with the hop material in the beer as I am doing a DIPA. But I always like to smell my starter to make sure it is not spoiled, when I get a good whiff of this starter, the hop scent and beer is all I get. Would a spoiled starter overpower the hop scent? Also, does anyone see any red flags with having some hop material making it into the beer being as I am doing a good sized DIPA.

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Re: Washed Yeast

Postby bwarbiany on Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:56 pm

I can't answer your specific question.

But if you're willing to use dry yeast, you can run out and pick it up still today, and don't need to worry about making a new starter. Or if you're brewing now, pitching in the morning after you go to the store to pick some up won't hurt anything. US-05 is perfect for an IIPA :-)
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Re: Washed Yeast

Postby clarkfamilyhb on Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:06 pm

Actually brewing tomorrow and was going to pick up some dry yeast while mashing if I had to. I would rather save the gass and use the starter though as long as I don't ruin the batch.
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Re: Washed Yeast

Postby lexuschris on Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:36 pm

So, you took a jar of washed yeast, created a starter, and it took off just fine and you now have a nice krausen going .. and some hop material up there.

I wouldn't think the old hop material would be an issue in and of itself, especially relative to the volumes being used. As long as everything was kept sealed while stored so no nasties got in there, you should be good to go. :thumbup:

However, if you have a bad feeling about what you see/smell, I would rather make the extra run for dry yeast, than have to pour out a full batch. Let your nose be your guide...
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p.s. I usually keep an extra satchel of US-05 on hand for emergencies...
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Re: Washed Yeast

Postby JonW on Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:08 pm

lexuschris wrote:p.s. I usually keep an extra satchel of US-05 on hand for emergencies...


You keep your purse full of US-05? LOL
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Re: Washed Yeast

Postby clarkfamilyhb on Fri Feb 01, 2013 7:45 pm

well, I think it's fine. I smells good, I am just paranoid.
I will be sure to pick up some dry yeast as a just in case though.
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Re: Washed Yeast

Postby brahn on Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:01 pm

There's nothing to worry about with a little hop material in harvested yeast. Personally, I think you're better off not washing the yeast and just pitching what you harvest from the fermenter. I know I read a Q&A with a Wyeast guy and he said they recommend not washing the yeast. There's more to lose than to gain.
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