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John Thompson
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Username: Jt100

Post Number: 399
Registered: 04-2002
Posted on Friday, July 22, 2005 - 01:21 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've got an Alt that has been sitting in primary for 3 weeks at 61 degrees(due to circumstances, I couldn't rack). That cake was a leftover from an APA. I now want to rack the Alt and reuse the cake a 3rd time for an IPA. Any reason not to?
 

David S
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Username: Dsundberg

Post Number: 194
Registered: 04-2004
Posted on Friday, July 22, 2005 - 01:30 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I would reuse it.
 

Richard Nye
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Username: Yeasty_boy

Post Number: 816
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Friday, July 22, 2005 - 01:43 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Nope.
 

Mike Mayer
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Username: Mmayer

Post Number: 402
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Saturday, July 23, 2005 - 01:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

You shouldn't have any problems with it. Beats spending the money on new yeast and making another starter. There is a discussion on this somewhere here in the archives, but I believe that some people have reused a yeast cake up to 6 times or more with no problems
 

Wayne Faris
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Username: Bugeaterbrewing

Post Number: 213
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2005 - 02:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sometimes I will save about half of a yeast cake and pitch onto the remaining half. The saved portion then gets used to make several starters over the nest month or two. This way I am never more than two generations removed from the original.

Wayne
 

Richard Nye
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Username: Yeasty_boy

Post Number: 822
Registered: 01-2004
Posted on Monday, July 25, 2005 - 12:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Wayne, that's a great idea! My beers always start faster when I grow a starter up from a slant. Your idea is kinda like that. You'll probably end up with a lot of healthy fresh yeast by pitchin' time.