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Post  Whatever on Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:14 am

First, I have to apologize to Bob from Kennywood, I don't mean to attack your pocketbook. I like you, really I do.

That said...

I, like many others before me, have accumulated/harvested reserves of specialty yeast, and think it would be in the best interests of the club, as a whole to create/catalog a library of yeast strains that we've harvested/accumulated individually.

In doing this, we would have current knowledge/access to numerous strains of specialty yeast (preferably Belgian in origin, but all comers welcome) with which to create, and conquer, the world.

As long as everyone's sanitation/harvesting practices are up to par, and we are all willing to save slurry, we could do a yeast cooperative of sorts.

Club members could list available strains, and desired slurry could be exchanged at meetings.

I currently have Duvel, Chimay Blue, and Wyeast 9093-pc Imperial yeast, as the stars of my harvested yeast.

Any thoughts/opinions...
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Don't everyone speak at once...

Post  Whatever on Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:59 pm

One at a time people, please...
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Re: Yeast Library

Post  CGreen on Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:28 am

The big question is do we as a club want to invest the funds to having a proper yeast bank. I am all for it and would use it but is everyone behind the idea. I am not talking about saving a slurry but actually having a pure yeast culture to build up pitches from. Later this week I am going to have a vote for what we want to get from our club. I need some direction from all of you.

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Chris
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Post  JCoe on Tue Jan 05, 2010 8:50 pm

Speaking for myself, I would have no idea as to how a yeast bank would work. I've never even reused any yeast yet, let alone known how to clean it up and save it for someone else to use.
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Post  Scott_M_Bort on Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:02 pm

Maybe we can talk about that in our next meeting, how to reuse and store yeast
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Post  CGreen on Tue Jan 05, 2010 10:16 pm

Not a problem. Maybe we should spend some time talking about what we want out of the club. Book library, yeast bank, group brews ect.
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We already have a yeast bank.

Post  Whatever on Wed Jan 06, 2010 1:26 am

Most of us are already yeast banks, with pre-existing, functioning storage facilities.

My suggestion is that we make a virtual listing of all the harvested specialty yeasts we have at our collective disposal.

Listed by origin/strain, with tags to the brewers that currently have that strain on hand.

If we all pool our efforts, obtaining a rare slurry sample, like Westvleteren, may be as simple as messaging a request to another member to bring a slurry sample to the following club meeting.

The responsibilities for club members would simply be to share slurry, and benefiting parties would be required to save a few bottles of post brew slurry, to prolong the strain(s).

...but having a specific off-site yeast bank would be pretty slick, Rick.
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