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Old 05-21-2011, 07:44 AM   #1
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I would like to get the price down to at least $2.00 a pack including shipping. A seller on Ebay offers it for 2.50, I was just wondering if I could get it lower buying a dozen packs or so

 
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:43 AM   #2
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Have you looked into yeast washing? If you're re-using yeast, you are effectively greatly lowering your yeast cost.
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Old 05-21-2011, 12:06 PM   #3
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I had a place locally where untill about a month ago I was buying 05 for $2 a pack, now they doubled it.....

 
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Old 05-21-2011, 02:56 PM   #4
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I would like to get the price down to at least $2.00 a pack including shipping. A seller on Ebay offers it for 2.50, I was just wondering if I could get it lower buying a dozen packs or so
I would really start yeast washing...you could take one yeast packet, and thru the process of washing and reusing could get over 20 brews.
Great video on how to do it:
http://billybrew.com/yeast-washing
After you do this a few times and get a better understanding of yeast washing, this will be a great reference for you:
http://www.wyeastlab.com/com-yeast-harvest.cfm

 
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Old 05-21-2011, 03:07 PM   #5
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I do want to get into yeast washing, and plan to give it a shot for the first time when the two carboys im using now are empty. Is it possible/practical to divide the washed yeast into "doses" using baby foor jars or something, or would you just salvage a whole jar and use it as needed?

 
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Old 05-21-2011, 03:07 PM   #6
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I had a place locally where untill about a month ago I was buying 05 for $2 a pack, now they doubled it.....
Bummer..

 
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Old 05-21-2011, 03:13 PM   #7
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The only ways to push the costs down are by yeast washing or by buying the yeast in a 500g bulk pack and re-packaging it under sterile lab conditions into individual vacuum-sealed or inert-gas filled satchels. Considering that doing that is a pain and most people don't have access to sterile equipment to do that, you're probably stuck with buying it a la carte.

Nottingham and Coopers yeasts are much cheaper, but the quality is also a bit more questionable.

 
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:36 PM   #8
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I do want to get into yeast washing, and plan to give it a shot for the first time when the two carboys im using now are empty. Is it possible/practical to divide the washed yeast into "doses" using baby foor jars or something, or would you just salvage a whole jar and use it as needed?
When you pitch the accurate amount of yeast and then wash it, you should have enough yeast for 2 batches...the reason being that yeast multiply. In the video, the guy divided it in to four small jars...in which he would probably need two of those for a 5 gallon batch. So to answer your question, Yes you could divide it in to any size container you choose to, just make sure you pitch the right amount in to your next beer....I would recommend using http://www.mrmalty.com/ to determine how much yeast you should pitch every time you brew (even is you use dry yeast).

 
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Old 05-21-2011, 08:49 PM   #9
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Yeah, between making starters and reusing the yeast you can make plenty of beer. If money is the issue this the way to go. If time is the issue, buy the yeast.
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:15 PM   #10
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Yeah, between making starters and reusing the yeast you can make plenty of beer. If money is the issue this the way to go. If time is the issue, buy the yeast.
The issue isn't really time or money, but convenience. I just want to be able to have an ample supply of long lasting yeast for those occasion where you need a lot, I.e. a huge barleywine. Although filling the cheese drawer with $7 white labs vials isn't really an option either

 
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