settling yeast after removal from FV
Does anyone have any insights on how best to get yeast to settle out of the yeast/beer slurry that you pull off of the bottom of fermenters. We tried collecting some of our slurry in a 55 gallon drum to see if it would settle out so that we could pull the supernatant beer off of the top and then more easily compost the somewhat more concentrated yeast. Even with our highly flocculant English Ale yeast, it didn't really settle. We tried agitating it to help knock remnant CO2 out of suspension and also tried adding a couple of pounds of DE to see if that encouraged it at all. This was all done at room temperature, currently about 80° F. If this kind of settling isn't a practical option, what other suggestions are there for yeast/beer separation on a small scale (35 Bbl brewhouse).
Free State Brewing Co.