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    We are working on a small 3 bbl brewhouse and we are trying to develop a decent SOP for yeast management, 1 process for yeast that we do not plan to harvest and just need to dump and one for yeast that we do plan to harvest. The major problem we face is that the standpipe is only 1.5 in and it clogs very easily at the butterfly valve. We are open to suggestions as to when and how often we should be attempting to drop yeast, how best to avoid the standpipe getting clogged, and how to successfully capture yeast that we plan to re-pitch. Should the procedure differ for different style beers - ie. hoppy versus not hoppy? For the first few beers, we ended up leaving the beer on the yeast and trub and racked over to a bright tank but this does not seem ideal especially for heavily hopped/dry hopped beers. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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    Originally posted by LazyHammock View Post
    We are working on a small 3 bbl brewhouse and we are trying to develop a decent SOP for yeast management, 1 process for yeast that we do not plan to harvest and just need to dump and one for yeast that we do plan to harvest. The major problem we face is that the standpipe is only 1.5 in and it clogs very easily at the butterfly valve. We are open to suggestions as to when and how often we should be attempting to drop yeast, how best to avoid the standpipe getting clogged, and how to successfully capture yeast that we plan to re-pitch. Should the procedure differ for different style beers - ie. hoppy versus not hoppy? For the first few beers, we ended up leaving the beer on the yeast and trub and racked over to a bright tank but this does not seem ideal especially for heavily hopped/dry hopped beers. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
    We are in the exact same boat as you.

    Our SOP is for non dry hopped beers we crash to 55 1 day after d-rest and harvest the following day. On anything getting dry hopped we don't crash (we like dry hopping at 70 better than at 55) but give it an extra day to drop out.

    My best setup has been going from butterfly valve on tank to ball valve to sight glass to hose and we harvest into 5 gallon plastic homebrew fermenters. The ball valve helps control flow better than a butterfly.

    Sent from my SM-G973U using Tapatalk

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