how about beet juice?
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Is that strain readily available?
No, it's only available on slant or in lyophilized form from the NCYC. You will lose interest as soon as you see the per culture cost. I plan to add couple of new cultures to my bank over the winter. I added three new cultures that I have yet to use because I do not play with yeast during the summer due to the fact that I am too darn cheap to purchase a laminar flow hood and SWMBO would make me get rid of something to make room for it. The cultures that I added were NCYC 1108, Wallerstein Saaz #63B, and Phaff A76.
What am I asking for, a yeast slurry?If I were to do this, what would I ask for? Would a mason jar be a good sample size? How long would that last me?
I would go to the brewery and talk to someone or send an email rather than just showing up with a jar. A pint jar would be more than enough for a 5 gallon batch of ale. I am brewing a lager so I wanted lots. Yeast, kept in the fridge will be good for a couple months although after a couple weeks you are probably better off making a starter anyway. I like to try to pick up my yeast just a few days before I'm going to brew.
I've got plenty of bugs that could use a good home
Eventually, I'd like to get them to Jeff at Bootleg Biology, but I haven't had the time to plate and separate my mixed culture.
What gets me is that I can't buy Wyeast local, and several of my favorite strains are WY-only. I think I'm going to have to stash away some 2633 now that I'm brewing more lagers.
...It really is a kick in the nads to pay full price for yeast and get packs that are below 50% viability...
Are you measuring viability after receiving the yeast, or just going off of the date and a viability calculator?
I'd be interested to see if the shipping significantly reduces viability.
FWIW - I've always received fresh yeast from MoreBeer and Northern Brewer. I buy two ice packs to go along with it.
I normally pick up a few packs on each order. It really sucks to pay full price + shipping for one yeast pack b/c I forgot to order it.
Or you can maintain your own yeast bank and break the cycle of dependence!
Follow up for those tracking this thread closely ...the sticky wort came off quickly with some dish detergent and the hose. One side note, the excess amount of water did something temporarily to the burner. It took quite a while to get all of the burners to flame, I imagine there was water lodged in there.