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Transferring Commandant Pliny and Harvesting Yeast

Well, yesterday was a first for me.  I harvested my first yeast.  I did a transfer of my wort from the primary to the secondary for the Commandant Pliny, a Pliny the Elder clone.  When I did this, I also dry hopped it for the first time toIMG_20160325_162328983 get it closer to bottling.  A few things to see here – there a HUGE amount of trub at the bottom due to all that hops.  Unfortunately I will not get a full batch due to this.

I also harvested my first yeast ever.  I wIMG_20160325_162331946atched a lot of videos and read articles to get myself ready.  Here is the process:

 

  1.  Boil water and get towels.  No, this is not what is needed to deliver a baby.

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    Boiling the mason jars to sanitize them

  2. Put in 5 pint size mason jars.  I bout a 12 pack at Walmart for about $8.  I figure I will need more in the future.
  3. After boiling them for about 15 minutes,
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    Sanitized jars with sanitized water

    I removed them from the pot with water still in them.  This way I had sanitized water to put in on the yeast/trub cake.

  4. I capped the jars off and let them cool.
  5. After the jars and the water cooled, I dumped it into the carboy on top of the trub and yeast cake – look at that solid stuff there!

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    Trub at the bottom of the carboy – look at that hop turd in the middle!

  6. I poured most of the trub/yeast cake into 4 jars.  I left one open to help me decant it.

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    Jars of unfiltered slurry

  7.  I then put the filled jars into the fridge to help cold crash them.IMG_20160325_175542132
  8. After they cold crashed, I decanted them out.  I first used the empty jar, then used one that I had decanted.
  9. I ended up with two jars in the end of WL001 slurry.  I now can make a fresh starter with each one for new batches of tastiness!
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    Two jars of WL001 slurry to store for future use!

Some thoughts to ponder:

  • I am sure this will be a quicker process in the future.
  • I can’t wait to reuse my yeast for the first time!
  • I may end up having to get another fridge for the all the future harvesting and multiple jars!
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Commandant Pliny in the secondary with the first dry hopping

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Jars after cold crashing – look at those layers!

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Leftover trub after decanting


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