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Old 02-12-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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Default Why do brewers buy Chico yeast?

I have a question that I hope people will reflect on...Why do brewers buy Chico / WLP001 / US 05 / 1056 yeast from homebrew stores or labs? This has to be one of the most commonly sold yeasts, but you can get the yeast with a (nearly) free sixpack!

For almost the exact same cost, a person can purchase and enjoy almost six bottles of SNPA. I've got an APA and a cherry ale bottle conditioning and another IPA in primary, all with yeast cultured off my last bottle of SNPA. And I have 2 more mason jars with the same yeast washed and waiting for a future brew.

I know this would be to complicated for someone on their first few brewing attempts, but most of us are beyond that point.

So, tell me what you think...am I nuts or can we all enjoy a little free beer when we buy yeast?

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Old 02-12-2012, 04:21 PM   #2
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US-05 is ~$3, doesn't require a starter, and doesn't require building up a starter.

But yes, drinking SNPA is good!

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I have been brewing since '89, both at home and professionally, have done all kinds of lab work, etc., so getting yeast from a bottle isn't beyond me at all. The thing is, I am all about the KISS method, it simply is not worth my time to fool with it.

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Old 02-12-2012, 04:26 PM   #4
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US-05 is ~$3, doesn't require a starter, and doesn't require building up a starter.
Exactly. DME isn't free, gotta count that in the cost.
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Old 02-12-2012, 04:36 PM   #5
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It's a time vs cost thing. I would like to get in to yeast harvesting and culturing at some point. But right now with 2 rug rats I barely find time to brew. so I buy us-05 and toss it in.

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It's a time vs cost thing. I would like to get in to yeast harvesting and culturing at some point. But right now with 2 rug rats I barely find time to brew. so I buy us-05 and toss it in.
What Special Hops said. Although, I do wash yeast occasionally if I can find the time. Unfortunately for me, I have a starter of washed 1272 swirling on my stir plate as we speak that hasn't taken off, so now I've wasted the time to wash yeast AND will still need to pitch some purchased yeast.
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Wnere are you getting (nearly) feee six packs of SNPA?

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Wnere are you getting (nearly) feee six packs of SNPA?
I think he was saying that if you look at the 6 pack as "buying your yeast", since the cost is close to that of a vial or smackpack, that you are getting the beer for just about free.
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I get that part, but SNPA is about 12 bucks here. Thats almost twice the price of a vial/smack pack. Not even close to nearly free, especially when you factor in dme, and most importantly, the time it takes to build it up.

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I get that part, but SNPA is about 12 bucks here. Thats almost twice the price of a vial/smack pack. Not even close to nearly free, especially when you factor in dme, and most importantly, the time it takes to build it up.
Well, all I can guess is that it doesn't cost 12 bucks in Kalispell, MT.

its around $8-9/6 pack here, so the "almost free" argument would hold up better in markets like that.
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