Does anyone want to trade yeast at the upcoming group buy? (I posted this on the Chicago Home Brewers board, but I thought I'd post here too.)
I have some Wyeast strains on slants (all standard strains, nothing from the private collection). I also picked up some slants of brewlabs yeast when I went home to England this summer (see here http://www.brewlab.co.uk/pdf/specialist_yeast.pdf
). I haven't had a chance to use any of them yet, but I have Thames Valley 2, Sommerset 1, Borders 1, Devon 1, and East Midlands 1. No idea if they overlap with Wyeast or White labs strains. I also have a few slants I made of the C3 brettanomyces that BK Yeast isolated from Cantillon Iris (http://bkyeast.wordpress.com/2012/04/08
I can make up new slants for trade quite easily (no guarantees about my technique, I learnt from HBT threads and it's worked fine so far); I could also go through the first few stages of propagation and bring enough to make a starter with, but only with one or maybe two strains.
One problem I had on a previous buy was timing the swaps at pick up. I'll probably be relying on a friend to drive me out to Bill's place, and I don't know when he'll be able to do it, or if he'll be able to hang around for a while. I could also possibly meet up with people in the loop (or in Hyde Park if you ever find yourself down here).