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Title: Harvesting Yeast from Commercial Beer
Post by: beerocd on November 12, 2009, 06:49:49 PM
Seems there's only one list that everyone refers to for culturing yeast from and it's way out of date.
I do it because I feel like I'm getting a two-fer if I buy a great beer and then get to use the yeast to boot.
Maybe we can build a current list here?

Done:successfully
Rogue Chocolate Stout
Schneider Weisse
Hoegaarden

On Deck:unconfirmed
Allagash White
SN Kellerweis

Yeah, I like wheat beer.

-OCD
Title: Re: Harvesting Yeast from Commercial Beer
Post by: a10t2 on November 12, 2009, 07:05:53 PM
Bell's THA
Bell's Winter White (which is an American/Belgian blend)
DFH Raison d'Extra (which is allegedly WLP099)
Duvel - I believe this is a different bottling strain.
Title: Re: Harvesting Yeast from Commercial Beer
Post by: jackfromjax on November 12, 2009, 09:23:13 PM
Saison Dupont
Jolly Pumpkin La Roja
Orval
Title: Re: Harvesting Yeast from Commercial Beer
Post by: narvin on November 12, 2009, 09:37:58 PM
I've had great results with Saison Dupont, and Delirium Tremens (which, people claim is not the primary strain, but it tastes damn good to me).

I've failed with Rochefort twice.  Not sure if they had been sitting in a warehouse for a while or what.
Title: Re: Harvesting Yeast from Commercial Beer
Post by: slimsparty on November 12, 2009, 09:42:05 PM
I think I asked at tastybrew, but here goes again.

I tried with Brother Thelonius and got some activity.

Then I got lazy and it has been in a growler for about 6 months in my basement between 58-68 degrees.

Is it work trying to rekindle this stuff?
Title: Re: Harvesting Yeast from Commercial Beer
Post by: mrbounds on November 13, 2009, 05:33:27 PM
 Fuller's 1845 works pretty well and is a very lively yeast!
Title: Re: Harvesting Yeast from Commercial Beer
Post by: brandon on November 15, 2009, 10:40:41 PM
Sierra Nevada Keller Weiss is a great one to step up
Title: Re: Harvesting Yeast from Commercial Beer
Post by: 1vertical on November 16, 2009, 12:49:47 AM
Reliable and successful for me multiple times

New Belgium "Abbey Ale"

Good source of a good belgian yeast strain.  I think that part of the
distributorship deal that distributors make with New Belgium is that
beer must remain refrigerated for transit. This helps the yeast as well.
Title: Re: Harvesting Yeast from Commercial Beer
Post by: denny on November 16, 2009, 01:03:36 AM
I think I asked at tastybrew, but here goes again.

I tried with Brother Thelonius and got some activity.

Then I got lazy and it has been in a growler for about 6 months in my basement between 58-68 degrees.

Is it work trying to rekindle this stuff?

After that length of time at that temp, I think I'd consider it a goner.