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wine yeast?

So.. so far my 5 gallon DIY co2 yeast system has been running for about 1.3 months now and I suppos eit will finally die off at like.. 3 months.. but.. where can I get wine yeast to make it run for logner? how much longer would it run?
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packets are both sold cheap on ebaY,
and are the highest alcohol tolerant yeast sold.

you should get about 20%-40% more Co2 time using them.
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Yea, I got a few of those packs...and now I have pressurized. Doh.

I have 2 packs of Fleishmann's yeast two, grrr!
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Lalvin EC-1118
Red Star Pasteur Champagne
packets are both sold cheap on ebaY,
and are the highest alcohol tolerant yeast sold.

you should get about 20%-40% more Co2 time using them.
umm.. besides ebay where cna i get them?

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Yea, I got a few of those packs...and now I have pressurized. Doh.

I have 2 packs of Fleishmann's yeast two, grrr!
are you saying they suck or.. somethign else?
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Any store that sells wine making supplies.
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is it worth it?
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champagne yeast is totally worth it, i used to get easily twice the life out of champagne yeast vs bread yeast. Champagne yeast is designed to work in environments with lots of acidity and the presence of alcohol whereas bread yeast will quickly die. You can buy 5 gram packets of the yeast online for like a buck, or you can get them locally at a beer brewing/winemaking supply shop. There are lots of those types of shops in metropolitan areas, just let your fingers do the walking. I used to only put in 1/8 teaspoon each batch so the packet would easily last 6 months or so (kept in the freezer).

That said, it's far easier to just bite the bullet and go pressurized. But use champagne yeast until you get the fundage together.
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A $1 pack of wine yeast lasted me over a year. I just kept using the sludge at the bottom of the bottle.
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A $1 pack of wine yeast lasted me over a year. I just kept using the sludge at the bottom of the bottle.
I've heard of others doing this and wanna give it a try.

Do you just dump out the old water and add more sugar/water? No new yeast mixed in?
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mm.. any where I can buy it in bulk?
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the online places will sell you little packets or the bigger ones. try calling a local brew shop to see what sizes they carry.

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Annapolis Home Brew
836 Ritchie Highway, Suite 19
Severna Park, Maryland 21146
local - (410) 975-0930
toll free - (800) 279-7556
FAX - (410) 975-0931
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They have Pasteur Champagne yeast in an extra large packet ($6.95), they also sell other champagne yeast in the smaller packets.
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I've heard of others doing this and wanna give it a try.

Do you just dump out the old water and add more sugar/water? No new yeast mixed in?


That's all I did. No new yeast.
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meh.. google.. i suck at everything.. I can't use google..
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mm.. you can order online.. how much should I order? and should I buy the highest % I can? and how much should I buy? I mean i have a 2 55 gallons and a 72 gallon to keep running at about 2-4 BPS. on system has 4 liters of water.. another 5 gallons of water.. and another with 3 liters of water.

I am currently looking at this

Champagne yeast, 18% alcohol tolerant. For producing all white grape wines, sparkling wines, and ciders. Also good for re-starting stuck fermentations.
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