Clibit
Came across this, a very simple and obvious technique that has never occurred to me! Get several brews from first generation yeast with very little effort.

http://blog.bracio.com/2012/09/splitting-liquid-yeast-packs.html

As you really need to make a yeast starter even with a full pack, why not split the pack into several small vials and then use each of those to make a starter each time you brew?

All you need is some suitable tubes/vials.

"Most people use laboratory-type sample containers, vials or test-tubes but most any container of suitable size and material can be used.  Vials made from autoclavable polypropylene means that they can be heat re-steralized and re-used.  I like to use the 15ml test-tube type containers shown above, but any vial/test-tube/sample-container from about 7ml up to 30 or even 50ml can be used."
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Pesho77

 This is a clever idea, but most people say they get the "best" fermentation from the 3rd use of a yeast, so id recommend getting a brew or 2 on with a yeast and collect a few of the 2nd use yeast ready for the 3rd go.

 Pesh
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Clibit
Pesho77 wrote:

 This is a clever idea, but most people say they get the "best" fermentation from the 3rd use of a yeast, so id recommend getting a brew or 2 on with a yeast and collect a few of the 2nd use yeast ready for the 3rd go.

 Pesh


Interesting, didn't know that.
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GHW
I usually jar some slurry to reuse and make a starter from it
I’ll have done three brews from one pack of 1318 like that
But this idea makes sense too
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Clibit
GHW wrote:
I usually jar some slurry to reuse and make a starter from it
I’ll have done three brews from one pack of 1318 like that
But this idea makes sense too


This gives you 4 first generation batches. If a batch goes wrong, you have three others. Insurance policy.
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Pesho77

Yep its a good idea. you can plate a strain too so you can have even more.

 Pesh
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