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Old 12-11-2009, 07:59 PM   #1
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Does anyone know where to buy bulk dry yeast such as Nottingham, S-04, or S-05?

Does it save you much money?

How do you keep the package sanitary / store it?

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Old 12-11-2009, 08:10 PM   #2
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The savings from a 500gram package can be pretty sizable, except that by the time you've made 100 batches of beer, a great portion of the yeast will have expired.

I bought some wine yeast in a brick, kept it in the freezer......did everything right. By the time it was half gone, it was dead from age.

Just buy a bunch of small packets, and start to recycle your slurry from the bottom of the fermenter.

That ends up being free yeast.
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:15 PM   #3
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Yeah. Yeast bricks for homebrew isn't a win. Humidity from the air alone can, over time with enough openings and closings, add enough moisture to rupture cell walls at freezing.

You'd do better to locate a case of packets. sealed they should last a couple years in teh fridge with little decline in viability.

 
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:27 PM   #4
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The savings from a 500gram package can be pretty sizable, except that by the time you've made 100 batches of beer, a great portion of the yeast will have expired.

I do agree with the general consensus of the thread, but I believe 500 gram would be 45 to 50 batches of typical 1.050 pitches.

I just wanted to post that up in case someone is doing something crazy and stumbles across this thread in reference.

Maybe they could hammer that many batches out in 2 or 3 months!
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:30 PM   #5
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how much does a 500gram pack cost? The dry yeast i get in single packs usually has a real long shelf life marked on it, like 2 years.

Cant you just divide the 500gram packs into small vacum sealed 12grams packs and keep them in the bottom of the fridge? 500/12 = 41-42 12gram packs so it might be good to trade half a brick with someone for another strain

 
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:11 PM   #6
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Yes, it can be done, and it has. It is a lot of work, and extra dinking around. It would be a great way for several people to take advantage of the savings of a brick. GW Kent in Ypsilanti, MI has some dried yeast in 500g bricks for $17 IIRC.

And, yes, my calculations were a bit off.......12-13 grams does make a batch.
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:34 PM   #7
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do they have a website? or know of similar online prices?

 
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Old 12-11-2009, 09:42 PM   #8
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:02 PM   #9
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I looked at that website and it did indeed have 500 gm packets of yeast for sale, but have never heard of the brand. Have you used it before?

Also, I found that www.crosby-baker.com sells safale bricks and also cases of 11.5 gram packets.

The Bricks were 49.95 and the packets were 1.85 when you bought a case of 38. Honestly, like others in the thread were saying the savings doesn't really justify the hassle or risk of bad yeast/shelf life.

Seems to be pretty good cost for the packets though if you have someone to split them with?

 
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:09 PM   #10
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Interesting topic, this.

This is the second time this week where I have run across a topic somewhere and thought, "Now this is the benefit of organizing a local brew club." The other time was in a thread on buying hops.

Our local club has a group of people that will organize themselves into purchasing quantities. It is working pretty well.

I never thought though of yeast being a bulk option.

 
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