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Old 01-24-2013, 03:05 AM   #1
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I like the safale us-05 taste and the notty works good too. I am trying to get my costs down and it seems the yeast it the biggest factor. I am not sure I am ready to harvest yeast yet but thought buying in bulk would be better. Have not found anyplace that does yeast by the bulk yet. Any suggestions?

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Old 01-24-2013, 03:09 AM   #2
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I wouldn't even know where to start... ... ...

Yeast is the biggest factor?? Really? US-05 is like 4-5$! Liquids are 10-11$ but you have so much more variety... Harvesting is so easy... If you brew the same beer, you could just throw the whole sediments (yeast+trub) and it wouldn't even be that bad... You can AT LEAST do it once then it's half the price...

Buy in bulk??? How often do you brew? Every day? You do know yeast go bad eventually right?

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Old 01-24-2013, 05:05 AM   #3
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Even if a vendor would give a quantity discount on yeast, harvested yeast is free. It doesn't get any cheaper than that!

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austin homebrew and norcal brewing both sell 25-50 pack lots of dry yeast. i found morebeer to have the cheapest dry yeast prices, $2.99 for US-05.

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try coopers that stuff is dirt cheap

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try coopers that stuff is dirt cheap
don't take that advice!
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don't take that advice!
Come on now I like Coopers. Low fermentation and it is clean, warmer and you get some English bitter flavor. Good yeast all around
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don't take that advice!
Don't take this advice ^^^. There's nothing wrong with Coopers yeast. I've used it many times and was quite happy with it.
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There is nothing difficult or expensive about harvesting yeast from a previous batch. You can follow the instructions for "rinsing yeast", "yeast ranching", or "washing yeast" and collect the best of the previous batches cells for further batches.

You can use the same yeast for several batches before you start running the risk of selectively modifying its characteristics. So instead of spending $4-5 for each batch, you spend $4-5 for like 4-5 batches! And the number of times you can do this depends on the yeast strain, your rinsing process, and how you personally think the beer tastes over time.

If you split the yeast up into several small samples and store properly you can even avoid having to replace your entire stock of yeast by simply building successive starters from your slants. This takes more time and more work, but it could theoretically be years before you bought yeast again.

With all of this, sanitation, and sometimes sterilization, is key.

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Anybody know what the shelf life is for a properly stored packet of dry yeast?

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