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Old 03-05-2008, 03:51 PM   #1
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Default Yeast trading on slants

For the brewers who culture their own yeast:

Anybody interested in trading yeast on slants?

I would send vials/tubes with innoculated slants and would like to receive some vials/tubes with other yeasts back. Basically just trying to save some money on yeast.

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Old 03-05-2008, 04:05 PM   #2
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I hope this gets legs to it. I will be in down the road since I am packing up the brewery and currently have nothing on agar, just the frozen bank. Wont have the set up back in swing for 6-8 months.

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It's an interesting idea. I experimented with saving yeast on agar and have a few strains saved, although never had a chance to grow full blown starter from vial amount yet. But don't you think the cost of shipping will be approximately equal to the cost of buying yeast in the local HBS?

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Do you mind if I send along some black and white mold piggy backing on them slants?

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It's an interesting idea. I experimented with saving yeast on agar and have a few strains saved, although never had a chance to grow full blown starter from vial amount yet. But don't you think the cost of shipping will be approximately equal to the cost of buying yeast in the local HBS?
A padded envelope 1st class USPS should be fine. This is only 1-2$.

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It's an interesting idea. I experimented with saving yeast on agar and have a few strains saved, although never had a chance to grow full blown starter from vial amount yet. But don't you think the cost of shipping will be approximately equal to the cost of buying yeast in the local HBS?
Nope!! If you mail, make it worth it and send 3 or 4 strains in tubes. The cost is then negligible. Besides yeast on agar is more resilient then in vials of liquid. I think the only reason it is not sold that way, is it is not user friendly to anyone who doesn't want to learn how to handle yeast. When I start the process this summer I will be interested in this. What strains are you looking for Kaiser?
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I think the only reason it is not sold that way, is it is not user friendly to anyone who doesn't want to learn how to handle yeast.
It used to be sold in the early days of home brewing. I think Brewtek yeast came that way. But yes, it is much less userfriendly and lots of things can go wrong. A nightmare for every companies customer service.

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When I start the process this summer I will be interested in this. What strains are you looking for Kaiser?
- WLP830 or WY2124 (German Lager / Bohemian Lager)
- WLP838 or WY2308 (Munich Lager)
- WLP833 German Bock
- WY2042 Danish lager

and other yeasts that others have to offer. I have to look through my inventory to post what I have.

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I have a bunch frozen down in vials, but I'd be willing to put them on slants if people are interested in doing this. I think this is what I have now:
Wyeast 1028 London Ale
Wyeast 1056 American Ale
Wyeast 1098 British Ale
Wyeast 1968 London ESB Ale
Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Wiezen
Wyeast 3787 Trappist High Gravity
Wyeast 3944 Belgian Wit
Wyeast 1244 Belgian Ale
Wyeast 2112 California Lager
Wyeast 2487VSS Hella Bock - currently out
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I'd be up for this. It seems to me that the popularity of yeast culturing has really increased in the last year or so... Quite a while back I made a thread just like this (probably on another forum) and nobody seemed interested.

I'd love to experiment with other yeast varieties, but I am not to the point where I'm really fine-tuning my recipes so I use mainly neutral dry yeast for most of my brews, and have only invested in a few varieties of liquid yeast (belgian, hefe, irish, and a few others).

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Well, if this is the easiest way I could get Wyeast 3864 (Belgian/Canadian) than I might be interested in trading (BTW, anyone close to the N.E. have this?). I'm building up a frozen yeast bank, with 1388 (Belgian Strong Ale) and 2001 (Urquell Lager). I will most likely just buy smack packs of a few random yeasts once in a while and build up a collection.

How would one go about getting them onto agar? Does anyone have some reading on it? I'm guessing I could get all the extra equipment at a university shop.

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