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Wortgames

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Hi all,

I have noticed on a couple of the US forums that it seems to be fairly common practise for a home brewer to get 'a pint of active yeast' from a local brewpub. Sometimes they do it for that particular style, or alternatively they have a dud fermentation and need to kickstart it in a hurry.

Has anyone had any experience here? Are brewpubs here friendly enough towards the homebrewer to go to that extent?!

I realise there are a lot less brewpubs / micros here, but somehow I couldn't see myself walking away from one with a pint of yeast, however charming I was...

:p
 

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Hi worty,
Yeap if every time you go to one carry a sanitized bottle with you and who knows what you could leave with. All you have to do is ask and most likely you may recieve.
I have grapped yeast from one a couple times before but ussually forget all about it because iam to busy drinking the fine beer and leave without my yeast.

Jayse
 

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Yep. I got some (yeast cake) last weekend.
It is now fermenting two beers, with the rest in a starter.

Beers,
Doc
 

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The vast majority of the yeast I used for brewing when I was in England was scrounged in this way from a local micro. In the days before yeast banks that's how commercial brewers worked - scrounging yeast off each other whenever their own dropped below par, and it's still how a lot of smaller breweries in the UK work.
 

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Wortgames

Gerard M was offering yeast slurry from Paddy's a few weeks ago.
It was the WLP005 British Ale strain.
Not sure if it's still available.

Cheers
 

pint of lager

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How about the winning brewer of Gerard's comp gets to take away some of the yeast slurry?
 

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I've had luck at the "Feral Brewery" in WA....
Gave me a 600ml water bottle full of slurry. Told me the strain too, but prefered if I kept that to myself :ph34r:

Asher for now
 

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At Paddy's all you have to do is ask. We supply the sterilised container.
Cheers
Gerard
 

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Top stuff Gerard, good to see you helping out the homebrewers

Hoops
 

Wortgames

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Well I have to say I am filled with malty, hoppy love at these stories!

I guess we all have the same holy grail (to see quality beer usurp bland evil capitalist pig brew). One of the problems of brewing my own beer is that I don't get out to pubs as often as I otherwise would (and I hear rumours of some good ones springing up), so I can see I'll have to start making the effort. Anyone organising a Victorian pub crawl in the near future?!

I'd better start sanitising some jars...
 

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Asher said:
I've had luck at the "Feral Brewery" in WA....
Gave me a 600ml water bottle full of slurry. Told me the strain too, but prefered if I kept that to myself :ph34r:
jeez, i got out there all the time - next time I'll have to see if I have any luck :)



ahhh, especially as I'm doing a wit soon ..... mmmmmm Feral Wheat...
 

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