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Old 11-25-2007, 11:29 PM   #1
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Default What to do with Distiller's Yeast

When I was ordering ALL of my stuff to get back into brewing, I saw a yeast product that boasted high alcohol tolerance, Super Start, and seemed like a bargain at $7 lb; so I got two. After I received it I thought, "Man, that's a lot of yeast."

I try to read as many threads as possible to avoid duplicate questions but - what does one do with distiller's yeast?

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Old 11-25-2007, 11:33 PM   #2
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do they have a return policy?

or you could go here www.homedistiller.org and sell it on the classified ad forum.

Other than that, I have no suggestions.

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Old 11-26-2007, 01:04 AM   #3
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Distiller's yeast? I haven't a clue. Try some ultra high gravity brews and see what turns out. It could be quite the educational experience for us all.

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Old 11-26-2007, 01:38 AM   #4
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what does one do with distiller's yeast?
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:50 AM   #5
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Isn't distiller's yeast kind of a "sledgehammer" yeast- lots of alcohol, but not very clean? I've read that you'll not make a very good beer with it, since the main focus is to produce something with a high abv that you can then distill, leaving all the nastiness behind. I'd try to sell it.

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Old 11-26-2007, 03:40 AM   #6
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You can use it for hooch and alco pops.
You need active carbon, clearing agents and filters.

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If you are looking for a good high gravity yeast you should try WLP099 from White Labs, it is a good high gravity ale yeast that will tolerate up to 25% ABV.

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Worst case, you've got a ton of yeast nutrient for future batches.

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Just the way that it's packaged in a vaccuum sealed clear plastic says bulk - cheap - bulk. Maybe this stuff is for making ethanol fuels?

Since buying it, and experimenting with various HB suppliers, I have noticed it offered at one other store. I'll drop a line to the supplier and see what they have to say about it. I could save it in case I flee up to the mountains. I like the yeast nutrient idea - after I research the subject.

The WLP099 sounds cool - good link. I was only looking to go up to about 9.5% one day with a double IPA and am getting a lot of good advice at our site. That link to the homedistiller's site is very interesting.

Thanks for the inputs - I'll post feedback after I find out exactly what it's used for.

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I use it to dry out barley wines. It also does a good job on ciders IF you don't add any sugar AND keep it cool. And yeast nutrient, several orders of magnitude cheaper than the real stuff.

One other problem. Once the bag is open, the yeast lose viability.

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