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Old 07-03-2012, 08:40 PM   #1
Mar 2008
Kirksville, Missouri
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I am wanting to start a frozen yeast bank with several strains of yeast. I'm thinking to do the glycerin idea in 50mL tubes. I was planning on purchasing a few vials or smack packs, culturing up a big fatty starter and drawing off of this to fill the vials before freezing them. I figure I will use the rest of the starter in a beer to have as a test for infection in the stepped up batch. This seems like a pretty simple, straight forward idea to me, but anybody out there have any problems I'm not seeing?

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Old 07-03-2012, 08:56 PM   #2
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Well I think that is kind of exactly the idea of how to make a yeast bank. Except for using the bulk of the yeast as a 'test batch'. Make a nice big starter, take enough off to freeze, and make a beer you want to make that will be delicious. Everytime you plan a new brew, freeze a vial the new yeast and before you know it you will have a whole ranch all farmed out. I started with the vials, but now I like to take a pretty large amount and freeze it in mason jars. That way I have a mini starter to begin with. The only downfall is having to buy more glycerol.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:47 PM   #3
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Were you planning on buying multiple vials of the same strain to make your starter? because that would seem to defeat the purpose of the ranch. I usually just put about 8oz of trub/cake into a clean bottle and stick it in the back of the fridge until I need that strain again. But your plan seems to be more in line with generally accepted yeast ranching procedures.

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