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re-using the wash (was) Re: turbo yeast

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  • peter_vcb
    Vector- i wasnt suggesting not collecting tails. if you have some % left in the spent wash it may inhibit the new yeast growth. i think 1 or 2% wont be a
    Message 1 of 5 , May 27, 2003
      Vector- i wasnt suggesting not collecting tails. if you have some %
      left in the spent wash it may inhibit the new yeast growth. i think 1
      or 2% wont be a problem. if it is higher it may kill the new yeast
      which has to "get used" to the alcohol gradually. like why adding
      yeast to a stuck fermentation wont work sometimes. BUT maybe a way
      would be to start a new 1 gallon batch as normal a few days before
      you distill this one. then dump it into the spent wash which you
      already added sugar to, the brew should be more tolerant to % at this
      point.

      Ken- there should be less bacteria in the spent wash than in new tap
      water. i sometimes brew in my boiler and i would in this case. just
      open the top dump in sugar while hot and a new turbo and water. the
      only saving in money is on energy, the real saving is time & effort.

      Darryl- i never thought about acidity. i think it may have to be
      altered maybe with baking soda. i think you are talking about using
      the wash with just new sugar & yeast, i am thinking of putting a new
      turbo packet in. there will be a finite number of times to do it. i
      would say twice is the max but thats just an uneducated guess!

      i got this idea after reading a guy on the brewhaus forums
      considering using a spent rum wash again, just dumping in sugar and
      brewing it again to get more rum. he was really just after another
      rum wash rather than convenience.

      any budding microbiologists out there??
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