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Old 03-15-2011, 07:28 PM   #1
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Default Has Anyone Ordered Yeast from the National Collection of Yeast Cultures?

Stumbled across this site (here)and I was just wondering if anyone has experience with them.

It looks like they provide yeast services for researchers but they sell to home brewers. The samples are pricey (46-86 British Pounds) for a slant. There's also not much information on each strain as it pertains to brewing since it's mostly a research company. I wonder if there's some really nice brewing strains that aren't available elsewhere. Would be fun to order a random strain and see what happens.


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Very cool! If you click on the Cultures tab, then the Brewing Cultures link it gives you a table with strain numbers and attenuation & floculation characteristics. But if you then click on the strain number you get a little more information, like the name of the brewery or brewer who banked it with them. There are a lot of brewery strains from the 1950s that would be fun to try out.

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I could definitely waste a bunch of time reading through that! It'd probably be a little expensive for a single person, but if you got a club or group of people together and pitched in for one, then brewed a bunch of different beers with it, you could get some interesting results!
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More to see:
American Type Culture Collection
Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures (Netherlands)
National Collection of Yeast Cultures (UK)

Also, about the prices, unless you're an academic, slants start at 82 Pounds Sterling. Of course, most grad students would probably order some beer yeast in exchange for a six pack and the cost of the yeast, since that's the most "no harm, no foul" transaction under the sun.
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