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Old 03-26-2013, 09:06 PM   #1
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Default Is it ok to ask a brewery for yeast?

There's a brewery right around the corner from me and I'm curious if its not cool to ask them for a bit of their yeast.

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I've only ever heard of breweries being happy to share their yeast, provided you bring your own bottle. Sanitized swing-top seems to be the preferred receptacle.

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Old 03-26-2013, 09:11 PM   #3
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Depends how nice they are. But if it's not a proprietary house strain then you can buy it at a store.

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Old 03-26-2013, 09:12 PM   #4
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I've only ever heard of breweries being happy to share their yeast, provided you bring your own bottle. Sanitized swing-top seems to be the preferred receptacle.
Awesome to hear. Lets hope they're into it.
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I've heard of homebrewers getting jars of slurry when they do a dump...as long as we're not talking about Dogfish Head, and you're not asking for a sample of their proprietary Doggie strain or their Ta'Henket yeast... Seriously though, it probably doesn't hurt to ask...I'd bet most breweries dump at least as much as they save to reuse on their own...worst that can happen is you get a No answer, at best you get some fresh happy yeast...

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The breweries here are always happy to help out the homebrewers with yeast. I usually give them 7-10 days notice when I ask. Just don't know what their cropping schedule may be. I also always try to bring them back some samples of the beer I brewed with said yeast.

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It is cool to ask.

It's also cool to be turned away.

But if you don't ask, you won't know.

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The breweries here are always happy to help out the homebrewers with yeast. I usually give them 7-10 days notice when I ask. Just don't know what their cropping schedule may be. I also always try to bring them back some samples of the beer I brewed with said yeast.
I'm actually excited to hear what their response will be.
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I get free yeast from work all the time and give it to friends. I probably dump more slurry in a single batch than most homebrewers will use in 6 months or more.

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I'd take them some beers to try, everyone likes new beers.

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