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Old 03-07-2010, 05:39 AM   #1
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Default Commercial Yeast - what are good ones to harvest?

I have to be honest, I hate buying yeast. I just don't like it. THere is something really cool and satisfying about culturing yeast from commercial beers. I am now converting my operations to use strains that I have cultured. Rogue Pacman for my "normal/everyday" ales and Chimay for my belgians.

I have also cultured yeast from redhook...but not impressed with that yeast.

Do you guys have any input or opinions on some other yeast to harverst from commercial beers? I would love to get my hands on new belgiums fat tire yeast...they say it's a neutral american strain....bull crap!!

I was thinking possibly harvesting from boulevard so I get a nice heff strain.....


when you think about it, rogue pacman yeast is just so versatile.......it really reminds me of nottingham....

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Old 03-07-2010, 05:43 AM   #2
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How about buying yeast, washing it after use, and keep re-using?

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Old 03-07-2010, 05:47 AM   #3
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How about buying yeast, washing it after use, and keep re-using?
I certainly wash my yeast, I have far too many jars of washed yeast in my fridge. I have washed US-05, Nottigham, White labs WLP029 (kolsh), Chimay, and pacman.

I am just a big fan of harvesting yeast, it is an amazing process and it is nice to know you are really using the same exact strain as the big guys.
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same strain that has been stored at who knows what temperature in a nutrient decimated, alcohol laced medium...

It makes sense to go with the closest, most local, quickest selling beer that you can. Is summit bottle conditioned? When I was a bartender in north dakota the robust porter keg turned over every week...because I stayed up until 5 am drinking it with the cooks!

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I have also cultured yeast from redhook...but not impressed with that yeast.
I don't like Redhooks yeast either, it is slow working and not very flocculant. It also has a distinct ester taste that makes your beer taste Redhooky, not that that is a bad taste but it isn't appropriate in some beers.

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when you think about it, rogue pacman yeast is just so versatile.......it really reminds me of nottingham....
Rogue pacman is a mutant form of the Sierra Nevada strain, which came from Ballantines. Ballantines was using Nottingham, so that's where Rogue Pacman came from originally.

I would just use the yeast from the freshest beer I can get my hands on, which is usually from a local brewery.
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Word is that pacman is derived from the cali/chico strain which itself was derived from the Balentine strain (aka Nottingham).


edit: Jebus! alecoholic beat me to it ...

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