lager yeast

Anything and everything about beer and brewing it.
Post Reply
User avatar
rodneygullick
Posts: 280
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:24 pm

lager yeast

Post by rodneygullick »

in the my wife,s lager barrel which is nearly empty is a certain amount of sediment (yeast deposits) would it be possible to start another lager from it if so how much would i need to use

User avatar
steve crawshaw
Posts: 855
Joined: Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:49 pm
Contact:

Re: lager yeast

Post by steve crawshaw »

Hi Rodney
I wouldn't use it as it will not be very viable. It is old, not particularly flocculent (as the flocculent cells would have dropped straight after primary fermentation) and also has been exposed to alcohol and pressure for some time. I think you will get better results from using fresh yeast.

If you want to re - use (ale) yeast i would advise top - cropping the krausen when the yeast is at maximum activity - say 24 hours into primary fermentation. use a sanitised ladle and a sanitised mason or kilner jar and just scoop the yeasty foam into the jar and seal, venting every day or so until it stops gassing - store in the fridge. I have found that this is usually strong and viable and can be pitched straight into wort with no starter for up to a month after harvesting - sometimes longer depending on the yeast strain.

cheers
steve
I like to keep a bottle of stimulant handy in case I see a snake, which I also keep handy.

User avatar
rodneygullick
Posts: 280
Joined: Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:24 pm

Re: lager yeast

Post by rodneygullick »

thanks steve ive got 2 packs of lager yeast i will use them

Post Reply