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Title: Empty White Labs Vials - reusable for slants?
Post by: alikocho on October 21, 2010, 06:52:34 AM
This may be out there somewhere, but I didn't find an answer. It's a quick question, inspired by looking at a load of empty White Labs vials and a desire to make some slopes.  I have the means to autoclave in my pressure cooker or pressure canner. Are the vials reusable for this purpose?
Title: Re: Empty White Labs Vials - reusable for slants?
Post by: BrewArk on October 21, 2010, 06:59:45 AM
I've had the same thought, but after pulling some warped and shriveled PETE containers out of my dishwasher, I've been afraid of melting vials to the bottom of my pressure cooker.  Besides I can "borrow" glass culture tubes from work.
Title: Re: Empty White Labs Vials - reusable for slants?
Post by: tschmidlin on October 21, 2010, 07:18:59 AM
If you're talking about autoclaving the tubes, yeah, they'll melt.  If you're just talking about adding autoclaved agar to them, it should be fine as long as you let it cool sufficiently before you add it to the tube.

On the other hand, glass tubes can be gotten cheaply.  I don't know what you'll do with 1000 of them, but these are inexpensive and (comparatively) in your area (http://www.teklab.co.uk/menu/35/Empty+Tubes+and+Caps/33/Round+Bottom+Tubes/).  Add some parafilm (http://www.teklab.co.uk/menu/4/General+Laboratory+Products/38/Parafilm/) and you'll be set for a long time. :)
Title: Re: Empty White Labs Vials - reusable for slants?
Post by: Hokerer on October 21, 2010, 02:32:01 PM
On the other hand, glass tubes can be gotten cheaply.  I don't know what you'll do with 1000 of them, but these are inexpensive and (comparatively) in your area (http://www.teklab.co.uk/menu/35/Empty+Tubes+and+Caps/33/Round+Bottom+Tubes/).  Add some parafilm (http://www.teklab.co.uk/menu/4/General+Laboratory+Products/38/Parafilm/) and you'll be set for a long time. :)

Here's the ones I use for slants...

http://www.cynmar.com/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=11527906 (http://www.cynmar.com/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=11527906)

...come in packs of 12 for $5.50
Title: Re: Empty White Labs Vials - reusable for slants?
Post by: tschmidlin on October 21, 2010, 04:27:21 PM
Those are nice and would work really well.  Quite a bit more pricey than the others, but in more manageable quantities.  I mean, it's nice to get 1000 for $20, but then you have 1000 tubes . . .
Title: Re: Empty White Labs Vials - reusable for slants?
Post by: alikocho on October 21, 2010, 05:01:29 PM
Those are nice and would work really well.  Quite a bit more pricey than the others, but in more manageable quantities.  I mean, it's nice to get 1000 for $20, but then you have 1000 tubes . . .

...only giving rise to further comments about how much brewing related equipment is in the house.
Title: Re: Empty White Labs Vials - reusable for slants?
Post by: flapjack on October 21, 2010, 05:16:19 PM
you could always turn them in for free stuff
http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/homebrew_customerclub.html
Title: Re: Empty White Labs Vials - reusable for slants?
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on October 25, 2010, 03:07:19 AM
You need to autoclave for slants.
If you boil then they turn milky and you will lose seal from the cap.

After I use yeast from the vial I add some (20 ml) autoclaved 1035 wort and grow yeast in there.
It seams to be working.
Title: Re: Empty White Labs Vials - reusable for slants?
Post by: beveragebob on October 25, 2010, 10:50:55 PM
Why not just clean them and sterilize with iodophor?
Title: Re: Empty White Labs Vials - reusable for slants?
Post by: Hokerer on October 26, 2010, 12:18:20 AM
Why not just clean them and sterilize with iodophor?

Iodophor (Starsan, etc.) are sanitizers, not sterilizers.  For slants, since we're dealing which such small amounts, sanitization isn't enough.
Title: Re: Empty White Labs Vials - reusable for slants?
Post by: beveragebob on October 26, 2010, 11:18:05 PM
Isopropyl Alcohol? Vodka? Gin? ::)
Title: Re: Empty White Labs Vials - reusable for slants?
Post by: Slowbrew on October 27, 2010, 10:02:12 PM
Those are nice and would work really well.  Quite a bit more pricey than the others, but in more manageable quantities.  I mean, it's nice to get 1000 for $20, but then you have 1000 tubes . . .

...only giving rise to further comments about how much brewing related equipment is in the house.

I'd be more worried about the nosy neighbor who thinks I'm making crack.

Paul
Title: Re: Empty White Labs Vials - reusable for slants?
Post by: wingnut on October 29, 2010, 03:13:10 PM
Those are nice and would work really well.  Quite a bit more pricey than the others, but in more manageable quantities.  I mean, it's nice to get 1000 for $20, but then you have 1000 tubes . . .

...only giving rise to further comments about how much brewing related equipment is in the house.

I'd be more worried about the nosy neighbor who thinks I'm making crack.

Paul

Could always tell the wife they are for vodka shooters at her next party... and the party after that... and the party after that.... Hmm if we are going to throw that many parties, I had better brew some more beer!!  ;D