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Old 08-28-2007, 02:07 AM   #1
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After my experience at a Virginia microbrewery, I've been contemplating using dry yeast for a few batches. However, it gets expensive to buy a bunch of small packets when you're brewing big batches, and I actually want to avoid making starters (imagine that...the stir plate guy avoiding starters?!). Mr. Malty's pitching rate calculator is telling me to use a ton of dry yeast...and that's exactly what I want to do!

So...does anyone know where to buy 500g "bricks" of dry yeast for a reasonable price? The only places I've found so far are outside the US.
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Old 08-28-2007, 02:13 AM   #2
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GW Kent in Ypsilanti Michigan is the exclusive eastern US distributor of Mauribrew ale yeast, 500 gram brick listed on their website for $17. Mauribrew is an Australian product, sold in Canada and also by Kent and another California distributor.

I called GW Kent once to inquire about grain and extract, and I made the "mistake" of asking about shipping charges. They apparently realized I wanted this for "home use" instead of commercial brewing and they said, "We don't sell to homebrewers."

If you can get them to sell to you, I'll gladly buy a brick too!
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Old 08-28-2007, 02:29 AM   #3
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That's a great price! I've never heard of the product, I may have to check it out. Anybody have any leads on Fermentis products?
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Old 08-28-2007, 02:41 AM   #4
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You are talking what kind of volume? If you pitch a packet of dry yeast in 5 gallons, it is actually overpitching, if you'd believe that.

2 packages of dry yeast (still less $$ than 1 vial of WL), is in the pitchability range for 20 gallons.
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Old 08-28-2007, 02:44 AM   #5
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35-50 grams at a time (3 to 5 packages per batch) for an ale. Nearly double that for a lager according to Mr. Malty.
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Old 08-28-2007, 03:10 AM   #6
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I use the Safale 11.5 gram packs. One pack per 5 gallons. Runs me about $2 for each 10 gallon batch. That's for pitching in anything up to an OG of 1.070.
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Old 08-28-2007, 03:14 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Yuri_Rage
...does anyone know where to buy 500g "bricks" of dry yeast for a reasonable price
Is this for snorting or brewing? The reason I ask is the price is different fo the usage.

Actually, I now F'n idea what 'M SAYING,.....JUST TRYINT TO INJECTR HUNORR,

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Old 08-28-2007, 03:38 AM   #8
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I wonder how much I could get if I sold a half kilo brick on the street?
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Old 08-28-2007, 04:55 AM   #9
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What volume are you pitching in? 25 gallons, right?

Dry yeast packets (11.5g) have about 4 times the amount of viable cells vs. a vial or smack pack of liquid yest, so even with lager pitching rates the price will be reasonable without a starter. You are looking at 2 packets (for lager) per 5-6 gallons. That is what, 12 bucks? Still cheaper than 2 vials and you still don't have to make a starter.

Just my .02
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Old 08-28-2007, 12:40 PM   #10
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15-18 gallon batches with OGs of 1.060-1.080. The numbers I'm using are straight from the pitching rate calculator at www.mrmalty.com.

Anyway...I still want to buy bulk dry yeast...so...anybody?
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