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Offline bassmannate

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Re: Is maintaining a yeast bank really worth the extra effort in 2014?
« Reply #15 on: October 08, 2014, 11:55:29 PM »
I was a yeast rancher for about 5 years.  I decided in about 2005 that for me, the payoff wasn't worth the effort.  The only strain I was interested in keeping around that I couldn't buy was CL-50.  A microbiologist in the club stated keeping that, so I didn't have to.  Once Wyeast picked it up. there was no reason for either of us to do it.

Everyone keeps talking about this strain and I have yet to try it. Gotta come up with something that would be tasty.

I would recommend one of Denny's recipes. His rye IPA, and waldo lake amber are great! Make a really nice porter as well. You can find them in the recipe wiki.

Yeah, I love 1450 in most American styles - Amber, Brown, Porter and Stout. Good stuff !
I actually just started getting a hankering for an oatmeal stout. Sounds like the enhanced mouthfeel would be great with something like this.

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Re: Is maintaining a yeast bank really worth the extra effort in 2014?
« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2014, 02:54:57 AM »
The culture that I subcultured this evening is one of those strains.  It is also the most box of chocolates-like culture that I have propagated thus far.  I only know its genus (Saccharomyces), species (cerevisiae), and its anonymized source (ale, England, beer).   I have absolutely no idea of how the beer is going to turn out.  Heck, I may have spent the better part of a C-note on a Whitbread B culture.

Well, the mystery strain is more than likely not Whitbread B.  It an extremely flocculent strain.  The cells stick together like glue.

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Re: Is maintaining a yeast bank really worth the extra effort in 2014?
« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2014, 07:28:32 AM »
The culture that I subcultured this evening is one of those strains.  It is also the most box of chocolates-like culture that I have propagated thus far.  I only know its genus (Saccharomyces), species (cerevisiae), and its anonymized source (ale, England, beer).   I have absolutely no idea of how the beer is going to turn out.  Heck, I may have spent the better part of a C-note on a Whitbread B culture.

Well, the mystery strain is more than likely not Whitbread B.  It an extremely flocculent strain.  The cells stick together like glue.
Sam Smith's? WLP037 is ridiculously flocculant.
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Re: Is maintaining a yeast bank really worth the extra effort in 2014?
« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2014, 07:37:37 AM »
I don't think it would be worth the effort for me, at least not at this moment. But, Mr. S., like others have said, I sure appreciate your effort and even more so, your anecdotes. Have you considered writing a book? It could be a series of short stories, each dedicated to a yeast strain. I'd buy it.