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Offline scottNU

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Number of House Yeasts?
« on: August 10, 2013, 08:02:00 AM »
Hi folks,

How many strains of yeast does this crowd keep around the house?  I have started to save and wash the yeast cake from my past two brews.  I end up with 4 jars of each.  I am ending up taking up quite a bit of space in the refrigerator. 

In my opinion, one of the cool things of being a homebrewer is being able to use as many different strains as I would like.  Economics become more important to bigger brewers and they may need to limit production to one or two strains. But this is my hobby, not my job!

I need to give away some of the yeast to brewing friends. But I think my answer to my question is 1.  One house strain to keep and have available all the time.  The next question is which house strain?  ;D

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Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2013, 08:08:45 AM »
I always use dry yeast. I like the storage feature :) I have BRY 97 for my American Ales, S 04 for my British ales, Nottingham for my IPA's, and Windsor Ale for my Stouts, porters, or anything else I want to showcase the malts in.
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Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2013, 08:13:37 AM »
I always have a few packs of US-05 on hand and I've recently started keeping some 1056 in the fridge.  I'm doing what was suggested in another thread and make my 1056 starters 500ml larger than what's needed.  After pitching the necessary amount of starter, I save the 500ml extra, transfer into a sanitized mason jar of boiled/cooled water.  I now will always have fresh 1056 ready to go in the fridge and US-05 as a backup. 

I might do the same with a Belgian yeast, but haven't decided which Belgian would be my house yeast (1214, 3522, or 3787).

Other than that, when I brew a particular style that calls for a different yeast, I'll just pick it up at my LHBS.
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Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2013, 08:57:32 AM »
I usually keep 1056, 1450 and 3787 around on a regular basis, as well as some 05 in case of emergencies.
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Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2013, 09:23:40 AM »
I have several strains banked in a freezer but I normally keep 1-2 strains in my fridge. Usually I have a neutral or English strain for the majority of beers I make in a year but then I'll use 2-3 other strains in the course of a year. I either buy them or pull them out of the freezer, use what I need and then bank them in the freezer until I need them next.
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Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2013, 10:45:49 AM »
The commercial yeasts I use sometimes are:  1056, ECY10, 1968, and 04 (for emergencies). I always have the 04 on hand, and usually at least one of the liquid ones named...but don't routinely keep them all around.

My main house yeast that I use in the vast majority of my brews is one that I've kept alive since the 1980s, exact strain unknown.  It was passed down to me 2nd hand from a brewery source and  I'm reasonably sure it has mutated some since then.  So just exactly what it is is anyone's guess.  But it's still my favorite.
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Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2013, 11:27:35 AM »
My yeast bank consists of packets of S-04, US-05, and 71b (for meads and other "I wonder if I can ferment this" experiments). If I want to keep a liquid strain going I'll generally plan a few brews and pitch on the cake of a lower gravity brew.
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Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2013, 11:34:33 AM »
Thanks for all the great feedback. There are so many great options that I think getting a bigger refrigerator (or throwing out the vegetables) is the best plan.

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Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2013, 11:40:48 AM »
Thanks for all the great feedback. There are so many great options that I think getting a bigger refrigerator (or throwing out the vegetables) is the best plan.
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Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2013, 01:06:48 PM »
I try to keep WY1469, SO4, either Nottingham or WLP007 (they seem very,very similar IMO) and WLP833 for lagers.  Used to be WY2206, but I've become a fan of 833.  I just tapped a Saison brewed with Belle Saison and am really digging it, so that may become a go-to, too.
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Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2013, 02:43:52 PM »
002/1968 and 1469 for British bitter. 1028 for big beers. Playing with 022.

833 and 830 for lagers. Tried 940 and 835. Have one going with 860.

3787 for Belgian. 550 is nice too.

001/1056/us-05 gets a lot of use.
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Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2013, 07:07:24 PM »
2 to 4 at a time. Right now it's 1056 and 007. Just retired 565, 023, and mangrove Jack west coast ale yeast. I usually go 2-5 generations before retiring.

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Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2013, 06:31:50 AM »
I usually have 3-5 at a time.  Mostly lager yeast as I like to mix up my 10G batches. 

Always have some 04 and 05 on hand just in case.

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Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2013, 06:50:28 AM »
I usually keep some 1056 and lately I've been doing Belgian Tripels and Dark Strong Ales, so I have some 530, too. I'll keep the yeast in my frig for up to six months from last harvest or four generations, whichever comes first. I've harvested a few other strains from batches of Stouts and Wits and such, but they always seem to run into the six month limit before I'm ready to reuse them. I also keep some dry Notty and 05, just in case.

I like the idea of making a larger starter and holding some back instead of harvesting from the fermenter; I'll have to try that.

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Re: Number of House Yeasts?
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2013, 07:08:31 AM »
Depends on my mood and the season, but lately I've been using a LOT of WLP565 and WLP830 German Lager (I think I got the # right).
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