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Old 02-21-2013, 04:16 PM   #1
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Interested in starting my own home yeast bank. Has anyone done this? Also how would you go about starting your own business? Would you need a microbiology degree? Any information is much appreciated


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Old 02-21-2013, 04:19 PM   #2
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What's your plan for keeping the strains pure and genetically intact?



 
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:20 PM   #3
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Maybe this will help ...


http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f13/guid...st-bank-35891/

 
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:56 PM   #4
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What's your plan for keeping the strains pure and genetically intact?
I have no idea. I would be concerned with wild yeast,and keeping the strain strong from generation to Gen. I just want to start by freezing different varietys for starters.
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Old 02-21-2013, 05:37 PM   #5
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I have no idea. I would be concerned with wild yeast,and keeping the strain strong from generation to Gen. I just want to start by freezing different varietys for starters.
if you had a yeast business you would want to have an idea about the strains you are selling, your customers probably would want to know.

 
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Old 02-21-2013, 06:02 PM   #6
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You would need to karyotype them as well to make sure your strains aren't mutating throughout the passages.

 
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:02 PM   #7
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I have no idea. I would be concerned with wild yeast,and keeping the strain strong from generation to Gen. I just want to start by freezing different varietys for starters.
I'm sorry but I really don't think you know what you're getting into. It's one thing to do it for yourself, but selling them is another story. It's a microbiological product for human consumption. The legal ramifications are not negligible, neither is the science implied for conformity of genome and sanitation.

 
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:45 AM   #8
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I'm sorry but I really don't think you know what you're getting into. It's one thing to do it for yourself, but selling them is another story. It's a microbiological product for human consumption. The legal ramifications are not negligible, neither is the science implied for conformity of genome and sanitation.
All I was looking for here was someone who was willing to help with references and maybe point me in the right direction. I appricate your concern, and am well aware of the science involved. People have been brewing beer for a very long time without having a clue what microbiology even was. I'm sure their brew was unique to the wild yeast and water source from their region. I was not fishing for put me downs and discouragement . It is something I am very passionate about. Something worth going to school and learning, while spending lots of time myself researching,experimenting and becoming more knowledgeable about. All I was looking for was someone to point me in the right direction. Thanks
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:58 AM   #9
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I think microbiology would be an immense benefit. True, past brewers had no idea. Also, they tended to brew with only one type of yeast, usually the one residing within their equipment. As a yeast purveyor in these modern times, you would be expected to have a multitude of varieties of high quality, effective strains. Also, an effective distribution chain. Keep in mind that for yeasts to be sent by mail requires expensive and thoughtful packaging. people might balk at your product if it is more costly than "the big two".

Still, I think it can be done, and with only two large producers of liquid yeast, I feel that the market could bear another. Best of luck.

 
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:43 AM   #10
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Check out Al's Bugs (East Coast Yeast). He seems to be running a yeast lab that sells yeast to the public. I don't think he has equipment as sophisticated as the big two.

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