Originally Posted by wreckinball9
agreed for .79 not worth it. i use liquid yeast (wyeast 4184) thats about $8 a pack so its worth it for me. Besides, people harvest yeast and reuse yeast cakes all the time. Even professional brewers reuse yeast.
that sucks about the bad taste, and maybe wine yeast is different, but I wouldnt write off yeast harvesting completely.
I harvest and reuse ale yeast and lager yeast all the time. But if I'm reusing, I wash it to get rid of the trub. Ciders and wines drop plenty of lees, and that tastes very bad. Also, I make mostly wines and they are all over 12.5% ABV, so I wouldn't try to reuse it since it'd be pretty stressed yeast.
I know some wineries age sur lie, but I think they stir the lees and have other ways to not incorporate the rotten yeast flavor into the wine.