Freezing Yeast

Homebrew Talk - Beer, Wine, Mead, & Cider Brewing Discussion Forum

Help Support Homebrew Talk:

Daznz

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 17, 2006
Messages
63
Reaction score
0
Location
New Zealand
I would like to know how successful freezing wyeast is and your ideas on how you guys do it.
It costs me about $16.00 for a 50ml wyeast over here so it brings the cost of my
brews up bigtime. if i harvest yeast from my fermenter into jars and fridgerate it and it only lasts a few weeks it puts alot of pressure on my brewing.
Hope you guys know where im coming from :)
Help!!!
Daza
 

mysterio

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 7, 2005
Messages
698
Reaction score
4
Location
Glasgow, Scotland
Slow freezing will rupture the yeast's cell walls I think, if you can work out a way to cryogenically freezing your yeast instantly then I think you'll be ok :cross:

Or you could try gylcerol....
 

boo boo

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jun 6, 2005
Messages
4,164
Reaction score
46
Location
Hearts's Delight, Newfoundland
http://www.ipass.net/mpdixon/Homebrew/Freezing Yeast.htm I have been using this method for freezing my yeast (all lager strains so far) and as of yet haven't had an oppertunity to thaw and reuse so I guess it is still in the experimental stage yet.
In the meantime I store yeast cakes in the frigde under airlock for up to 4 months and just pitch to a big starter to get it going again.
Cheers
 
OP
D

Daznz

Well-Known Member
Joined
Mar 17, 2006
Messages
63
Reaction score
0
Location
New Zealand
Thanks for the links and help guys ... well the guy in the first links has used yeast at 9mths old so it must be a good method ill give that a shot
Thanks Daza
 

Levers101

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 6, 2006
Messages
265
Reaction score
0
Location
Iowa City
I've seen Alton Brown on Good Eats use dry ice to quickly freeze strawberries and such to keep large ice particles from forming and breaking cell walls. I'm not sure if yeast would survive it. Though I think if you put the yeast in a regular freezer you have some annealing of the small ice particles which will, over time, kill the yeast. I don't have yeast starter equipment, so I can't try to prove or disprove that hypothesis with yeast.
 
Top