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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2012, 02:39:18 PM »
I make a big batch of super secret special dry rub for my boston butts and store individual use portions.
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2012, 04:23:23 PM »
I was going to say exchange the labels for yeast coupons at http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/homebrew_customerclub.html.

However, I've never gotten around to trying to get the labels off.  From tony's post that may be easier said Goo gone worked for me.

than done.

I just throw them into a box when I'm done with them for some unspecified, future use.

Getting the labels off is easy, but you end up leaving some backing paper and glue behind.  I've never had any luck getting the glue off either so I pull the labels off, stick the labels in an envelope, and then recycle the vials.

At one point I figured that trading for free yeast coupons was the ideal way to go.  You don't have to pay shipping on the coupon unlike everything else (I doubt you have to pay shipping on the 5000 label prize)

Something happened to my post.  I have used goo gone to remove the glue after a soak, works pretty well.
« Last Edit: August 22, 2012, 03:49:09 PM by Tim Thomssen »

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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #17 on: August 22, 2012, 05:38:34 AM »
They're about the right size for saving seeds.

I was going to say exchange the labels for yeast coupons at http://www.whitelabs.com/beer/homebrew_customerclub.html.


You just blew my mind.

Awesome. It says shops can serve as collection points for the 5000 vial reward, so I assume clubs could do the same!
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #18 on: August 22, 2012, 05:54:26 AM »
I'm in the process of moving my yeast bank from mason jars to preforms (White Labs tubes) using something like this:


Should take up a lot less room in my fridge.
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #19 on: August 22, 2012, 06:32:55 AM »
One thing I don't like about the WL vials is that you can't boil them for sanitation. Well you can, but they get all cloudy.

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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2012, 06:41:04 AM »
When the Spousal Unit packs me a salad for lunch, she uses an empty vial for salad dressing.

Great idea...I'll have to remember to do that!

I use one to store my pH meter probe. I cut a hole in the lid and the probe conveniently fits in the tube with storage solution.
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2012, 08:24:58 PM »
I use them to store yeast.....what a novel concept! Seriously though....I will step up a starter, crash, and decant the yeast into sanitized vials. Basically I get 6-8 vials for every one that I buy!!  So how does WL sanitize the vials for yeast? Dry heat??

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« Reply #22 on: August 27, 2012, 08:48:18 PM »
So how does WL sanitize the vials for yeast? Dry heat??

I think they come sterile out of the manufacturing process. I doubt there is much that can live in hot plastic.

UV is an option too.

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« Reply #23 on: August 27, 2012, 08:56:51 PM »
So how does WL sanitize the vials for yeast? Dry heat??

I think they come sterile out of the manufacturing process. I doubt there is much that can live in hot plastic.

UV is an option too.

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Hmmm....UV might be an option? Now I completely pulling this out of my....but I do a lot backpacking and I have one of these...http://www.steripen.com/classic  I wonder if I were to fill up a vial with water and use my steripen if that would sanitize the vial??   Probably easier to just continue to dunk them in Star-San.

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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2012, 07:30:09 AM »
So how does WL sanitize the vials for yeast? Dry heat??

I think they come sterile out of the manufacturing process. I doubt there is much that can live in hot plastic.

UV is an option too.

Kai

But they are probably purchased without caps on them. They could use a strong acid wash followed by a rinse with sterile water.
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2012, 12:48:32 PM »
So how does WL sanitize the vials for yeast? Dry heat??

I think they come sterile out of the manufacturing process. I doubt there is much that can live in hot plastic.

UV is an option too.

Kai

I used to do some work for one of White Labs' suppliers of the preforms -- the preforms are (somewhat suprisingly) the precursor to a two liter bottle. On the older tubes, you could take of the band that remains around the screws once the cap is off, revealing a capital "B" for Ball Corporation. Ball has since sold the plastics manufacturing division, but I can't recall who they sold the division to.

From spending a little time in a couple of the the plants, I would be surprised of Chris White hung his hat on the cleanliness of those plants. I'm sure the sterilization process for the preforms follows (at a minimum) the sanitation protocol used for filling glass bottles received from a glass plant.

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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2012, 12:56:14 PM »
i take my mash pH samples with them.
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #27 on: September 24, 2012, 02:26:56 PM »
From the fine print on Whitelabs.com Customer Club site:

"Club Members can only redeem vials twice per year."

Anyone know what this means?  Can we only send in two redemption forms per year?  Or, are we limited to receiving two coupons for free vials per year?  Thanks,
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #28 on: September 24, 2012, 04:30:58 PM »
Shot glasses? I feel some tequila coming on...
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Re: White Labs vials?
« Reply #29 on: September 25, 2012, 06:03:10 PM »
I use them to store my Mentos in when I go swimming. Keeps them dry.
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