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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-14-2011, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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Brewer's yeast

Where do you guys buy brewer's yeast from?? All I seem to find is deactivated brewer's yeast.
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I got mine in the bulk section at the health food store, I have a big bag of it. What do you use it for?

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You're buying deactivated yeast... I need active yeast for DIY CO2.
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Got a local homebrew shop by you? If not, I like midwestsupplies.com for my beer making stuff. Load up on a bunch of dry yeast.

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I've been using freeze dried yeast out of the freezer. You aren't trying to get a high alcohol content, or achieve a special flavor, so why use anything other than Fleischmans?
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Is brewers yeast for pets deactivated?

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I've been using freeze dried yeast out of the freezer. You aren't trying to get a high alcohol content, or achieve a special flavor, so why use anything other than Fleischmans?
In my case it's because I am trying to get a high alcohol content. The longer it runs on the same fuel the less it costs. I suppose that we could adjust recipes so that baker's yeast was consuming the last drop of sugar as it hit 8-10% alcohol, but the 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water recipe goes way beyond that, and brewer's yeast (or champagne yeast in my case) can take it pretty far beyond that point.
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as suggested above, check a brew supply store, either local or online. I have one close to me and is also where I refill my CO2 tanks.

Anyway, look for the yeast used to make wine or champagne. They have been bred specifically to tolerate much higher levels of alcohol than a plain brewers yeast or even a beer yeast
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most beer brewing yeast has a hard time going over 10% abv most wine yeast can push up tp 10-15%. you can buy high grade stains of yeasts (distillers yeasts) that can push 20+% but your paying big money for those. AND the conditions have to be perfect if the temperature varies outside the ideal fermentation range you wont get the same attenuation. if you want to kick up ABV just use wine yeast.
oh and I buy all my beer making related stuff at my local homebrew shop.

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Go to a good beer store. Find a bottle conditioned beer (most belgains are...) Look in the bottle see if there is a layer of sludge on the bottom.

Pour the beer out slowly trying not to disturb the slurry on the bottom.

Put some water in the bottle and swirl it around, dump that in your sugar solution.

If you want to buy a special yeast get a distillers/turbo yeast as Reefkpr suggested.

Honestly no yeast is going to be best suited for diy co2 as most alcohols are not made from pure cane sugar (i guess maybe if you can find a rum yeast?.. I am not a distiller). You can breed your own strain, ideally collecting yeast from the top foamy part of the solution then adding that to a new solution. you can also collect the slurry of the bottom of the solution when it stops gassing, but these will be slightly less healthy than the yeast collected from the top.
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Honestly no yeast is going to be best suited for diy co2 as most alcohols are not made from pure cane sugar (i guess maybe if you can find a rum yeast?.. I am not a distiller).
You're entirely right, just about any wine yeast needs fed unless you are fermenting good, ripe wine grapes.
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You can get distiller's yeast not to pricey, I got it for my mead (because I am insane) from a local homebrew shop by me, Southern Homebrewing.

Although it is not on their site, I love Midwest Supplies, they have some : http://www.midwestsupplies.com/super...bulk-pack.html

1lb . . . will last long long while, when I used bread yeast I would use 1/4 tsp per 2L batch.

I have not had to much problem getting 20%ish ABV in my house, in the closet, on my meads.

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You can get distiller's yeast not to pricey, I got it for my mead (because I am insane) from a local homebrew shop by me, Southern Homebrewing.
at least you know your insane using turbo yeast on mead.... but they told me I was insane for going to a 1.073 OG on my robust porter.....

I'm curious what kind of yeast characteristics that stuff has. flavors aromas. have you tried your mead yet or is it still in the process?

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Just to stress what others already said... along with "better" (more alcohol resistant) yeast you need to add yeast nutrients. Just cane sugar will not be sufficient food for maximum attenuation (conversion of sugar into alcohol).
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