Using fresh yeast

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Marcale

Using fresh yeast

Post by Marcale » Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:09 pm

Hi
I am new to the forum and have read all the stuff about dried yeast and I am surprised that none of you get yeast from your local breweries. I get mine from Woodfords who make great British Ales and they are only a few miles away, I order by phone and collect the same day. For £0.75 I get more fresh yeast (direct from their fermentation vat) than I need for a 25L batch. I usually get the same day as I am brewing and pitch straight away. It starts very quickly, and when it has done its job, I skim off the clean stuff into a sterile wide mouthed bottle and store in fridge. I usually share/give this with a friend, who in return, gives me his skim. After about 5 to 7 brews we discard and get new.
If I use the yeast from the fridge, I use a starter that is made from a 500ml of wort that I took from an earlier batch and frozen. I add a table spoon of brown sugar and boil, cool and aerate before using. Using these processes neither of us has had a slow starter nor bad brew and we always have some on tap.
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Post by Reg » Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:12 pm

Marcale...

I've used fresh brewery yeast in the past and one or two of the members here run ongoing cultures of fresh yeast that they keep in their fridges.

Anyway, welcome to the forum. It must be handy to be just up from a local brewery.

Cheers!

Reg

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Post by Jim » Fri Dec 02, 2005 8:34 pm

Welcome Marcale!

I never thought of freezing wort; it sounds like a great idea. What kind of container do you freeze it in?

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Post by Andy » Fri Dec 02, 2005 9:08 pm

I live about a mile away from the Hogs Back Brewery and am hoping to get some of their liquid yeast for my next brew :D

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Post by Marcale » Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:38 am

Hi
My first post seems to have generated some interest so here are some responses:
Firstly to DAB – you need to get out more.;>) I think that you are indulging in wishful thinking in pegging me as a member of the fairer sex. I must admit though my ideal woman would not only be a looker but also be a qualified masterbrewer and a 3star Michelin chef.
The stuff or krausen that I skim off is the clean stuff from the primary that has no sign of the trub in it.
To Jim
I use a plain old plastic 2L milk bottle that is very well washed. As it is only about half full so there is no danger of it splitting.
To Reg
You say that it must be handy living close to a brewery. You would be surprised how many small breweries there are around. If you get on the web you may find one near you. The smaller they are the more likely they are to be helpful, something to do with enthusiasm. Incidentally I buy my hops (Fuggles, Goldings & Amarilo) from another – Buffys. This means that they are fresh and very reasonably priced.
My pale malt comes from a local maltings at £7 for 25kg so I reckon that using local resources makes my beer cheap and good.
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Post by Reg » Mon Dec 05, 2005 9:58 am

Hey Marcale,

I took your recommendation and discovered there may still be a malting in Stanstead Abbotts and also a rather sad history of decline as Ware in particular and Hertfordshire in general was once a hub of the malting industry. (Hence the number of roads called "The Maltings" I see when I'm out on my bike).

There is some stuff on the web http://www.hertsheritage.org.uk/brewing ... ustry.html and http://www.johnbarber.com/hertsbrew.html.

Reg

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Post by Marcale » Mon Dec 05, 2005 10:43 am

Reg
In Hertfordshire
http://beerme.com/breweries/uk/he/index.shtml
Other links to potential breweries near you (or others) are:

And
http://beerme.com/breweries/
Look below the British section for your county.
http://www.cask-ale.co.uk/real/links1.html
Take care,
Marcale

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