Friday, October 12, 2012

Washing and Harvesting Yeast

After the last post about Yeast Starters, I wanted to look into harvesting yeast again.  I did this only once so far, but it can be a good way to save money by maximizing the yeast you do purchase.  All it takes is a little bit of knowledge, planning, minimal equipment (mason jars, a kitchen) and time.

The internet can be a good resource.  The links below will say it better than I can.  The first, I found quickly and gives a good overview of the process.



This video is the one I studied prior to doing this myself, and found it very beneficial, from Beer Geek Nation.



I fully intend to harvest the yeast from my next brew and continue to use it.  With proper planning (maintaining sanitation) I can reuse the yeast again and again, ultimately creating my own "House Yeast".

Fear not.  Try it!