1 quart starter, can I crash cool/decant 24 hrs later to good effect?

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Finn, Nov 27, 2015.

  1. Finn

    Finn Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2003 Pennsylvania

    Hey folks, so I usually make 1 quart starters for my regular gravity beers since I don't have the time to plan ahead for 2 step starters really. I usually dump the whole thing into my wort when pitching, but I'd like to start decanting the starter beer/wort. My question is:

    If I make my 1 quart starter, then about 20 hours later crash cool for a few hrs, then decant before pitching the yeast, am I risking decanting the healthy active yeast at that point still? Given the timing is it simply a better idea to pitch the whole thing and forget about decanting?

    Any info much appreciated, thanks!
  2. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,440) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania

    A few hours probably wouldn't be enough time to really drop most of the yeast, unless it is a very flocculent strain..
  3. CADETS3

    CADETS3 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2014 Texas

    Or you don't worry about it and pitch the whole thing to your wort.
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  4. Finn

    Finn Initiate (0) Nov 20, 2003 Pennsylvania

    Good point there, I'm using Whitelabs California V ale yeast, which, if it's the same as Wyeast 1272 is definitely not a fast floccer in my experience.
  5. inchrisin

    inchrisin Initiate (0) Sep 25, 2008 Indiana

    It's just a quart. Pitch it all.