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Old 02-23-2012, 02:54 PM   #1
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My local brewery says they dump most of their excess yeast down the drain. If they allowed me to salvage the yeast can I use that as normal yeast ?


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Old 02-23-2012, 02:58 PM   #2
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Lots of small breweries push the limits on re-use...meaning they go 10-15 generations on it. So it may not be true to the original strain. But you can't beat the price.

If I could get some, I'd use it in a heartbeat with no hesitation. Tons of fresh, free yeast? Yes please.


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Old 02-23-2012, 03:01 PM   #3
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Sure...if they let you have it. Give them a sanitized container and they'll drop more that you could ever need into it.
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You could use the yeast, but there is some risk. Personally, I don't care to expend the time, energy, and money to brew up a beer and fret over saving 6 or 7 bucks over yeast. I'm not looking to experiment. I want to get it right the first time.
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As long as the yeast is kept sanitary between pulling off the fermenter and your container, yes. If this is yeast coming out of the lab I would feel more comfortable using it over trub getting dumped out of the fermenter into a bucket waiting for you to show up.
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A lot of breweries give away yeast. Any brewery that I visit, when I tell them that I am a home brewer they offer up yeast.
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So give them some Elmer flasks and tell em fill er up ? Il have to google how to store it correctly with all that yeast
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A lot of breweries give away yeast. Any brewery that I visit, when I tell them that I am a home brewer they offer up yeast.
Yup. Great fresh active yeast.

Heck bring one of their growlers in nextime, and rather than filling it with beer, have them fill it with yeast.
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Yup. Great fresh active yeast.

Heck bring one of their growlers in nextime, and rather than filling it with beer, have them fill it with yeast.
Or better yet, bring TWO growlers!
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My local brewery says they dump most of their excess yeast down the drain. If they allowed me to salvage the yeast can I use that as normal yeast ?
Like the other poster said they reuse yeast to the max, but always ask first, maybe they have bad business practices and only use yeast once! if they say its 10-15 generations old I wouldn't even mess with it, but if its 1-5 generations old its good for a while and still has plenty of useful original strain characteristics left


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