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Old 05-30-2007, 08:15 PM   #21
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I don't get it. What is so hard about maintaining a yeast bank?

Seems to me you could maintain strains of yeast pretty easily, making your own slants and stuff...

Surely, in a post-apocalyptic situation, your LHBS yeast wouldn't have been decimated. Just get the last remaining vials and go to work...

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Old 05-30-2007, 08:41 PM   #22
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I forgot.

Are we answering in present day or in Thunderdome?
or Waterword?
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There wasn't much to do. All the bowling alleys had been wrecked, so
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for a nice place to build a city for my children when I spotted a
mutant in the forbidden zone. I landed my vehicle to pursue and
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underground caves. I was kind of like a one man force, eh, like
Charlton Heston in Omega Men, did you see that? It was a beauty.
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Old 05-30-2007, 09:15 PM   #23
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I have about 40 sealed glass vials that a goverment lab in Illinois sent me. Each one contains a little freeze dried plug of yeast. Each plug is from a pure yeast culture. They culture up very easily and have a longer shelf life then I do. So when the bomb drops, or more likely the bird flu starts knocking us out, I will have my little yeasties to keep me company.

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Old 05-30-2007, 09:38 PM   #24
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Coo-roo-coo-coo-coo-coo-coo-coo!!!!

Pass the Elsinore, eh!

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Old 05-30-2007, 10:45 PM   #25
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I think you'll end up with a lot of sour beers, so I hope you like lambics!

Practically speaking (a ridiculous notion in this conversation, I know ), I think you'd end up making a lot of hard cider. Lots easier to collect and press apples than to malt barley, and lots easier to ferment.
I think a lot of us homebrewers would learn the art of distillation very quickly. If you end up with bad beer you can turn it into good whiskey.

Another problem we would face is no electricity or gas, no running to the station to fill up on propane. All of your brewing would be on open flames, maintaining temps by removing it and placing it back on the fire. There would be a lot of hurdles to overcome but I think a lot of us would find a way to make alcohol out of something.
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I don't get it. What is so hard about maintaining a yeast bank?

Seems to me you could maintain strains of yeast pretty easily, making your own slants and stuff...

Surely, in a post-apocalyptic situation, your LHBS yeast wouldn't have been decimated. Just get the last remaining vials and go to work...
Fortunately, I have the key to LHBS!! I'd WALK down there, just to get the little Yeasties, and save what I could. (And every DROP of honey!) I'd also grab the dried yeasts, (like the Safale S-05, 04, and a WHOLE BUNCH of the dry wine ones) Those dry yeasts are shelf stable for quite a few years AFTER the date. (I've got some Nottingham from 2004, and it is still good.)

Unfortunately, the owner lives 1/2 mile away, and he may not approve of my "borrowing."

(I wonder if a "key" is kind of a moot point, with the glass door, and LARGE glass windows?)( This is the "Apocalypse" after all.)

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Old 06-01-2007, 08:00 PM   #27
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When I first learned about the concept of "apocalypse" as a kid I was terrified- almost psychologically messed up for a long time. Now I'm excited for it, I can't wait! Sooner the better, I say! Gonna grow food and... uh, herbs... and make beer and whetver the hell I want. I've got an agrarian jones! "leeeeet the sun shiiiine!"

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Old 06-01-2007, 09:04 PM   #28
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Look at it like this.

You need to buy in the hop seeds or rhizome.
You need to buy in the barley seeds
You need to et in the water or collect rain water

So why would the yeast be different? Salvage buy in a small amount and cultivate it.

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