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Yeast Pitch Calculator for iOS 7 launched

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Our popular Yeast Pitch Calculator is now available in the App Store for iOS7! This is a port of our popular web based Yeast Pitch Calculator, now available for iPhone iOS7. Pitch your yeast like the pro's do with this easy to use calculator that supports dry yeast, liquid yeast, slurry, and ...

BRY-97 American West Coast Yeast Review

Friday, May 24th, 2013

BRY-97 is a relatively new dry yeast on the market released in limited amounts in 2012.  Got a pack for the first time late last year. That brew is almost completely gone, and I'm happy with the results, but there were a few surprises! In a nutshell, BRY-97 is NOT your typical ...

Unibroue Yeast – Available as Wyeast 3864 Belgian/Canadian Yeast

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Currently on special release in Q4 of 2012, Wyeast 3864 Belgian/Canadian Yeast comes from a brewery called Unibroue in Canada, and has some distinctive Belgian like properties you might be interested in. Discovering Unibroue: Years before I began to homebrew, we took a trip to Canada. It was a wonderful experience, and ...

Yeast Pitch Rates Explained

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

To make high quality beer consistently, understanding your yeast pitching rate is important. In fact, this may be the key to taking your beer to the next level. It turns out that liquid yeast manufacturers give you barely enough to get by, which we explain in detail below. The yeast ...

Infected Batch Forensics

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

For the first time in many years I experienced a bad batch of home brewed beer last month. I am sharing this with the community so you can avoid my mistake. It is embarrassing! Being out the time and money for the batch and having an empty keg sucks. However, I ...

Pacman Yeast – Eureka!

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Pacman is the name of the yeast used by Rogue Brewery of Oregon. Rogue makes Pacman available in limited quantities to home brewers from time to time. Originally, I didn't get the name. Were they being cute? Does it 'pack' a punch? No, I was not thinking literally enough. ...

Yeast Washing 101

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Yeast washing is a simple, yet useful procedure that will allow you to harvest, store, and re-use yeast from your own yeast bank for pennies per brew session. Please review how to make a starter and why a stir plate to help you best re-activate your yeast after cold storage. SANITATION: ...

StirStarter Equipment Review

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

An essential tool in the home brewer's kit is a stir plate. Using a stir plate with a yeast starter boosts yeast cell counts dramatically*. This leads to healthier fermentation, and thus better beer! I recall using a stir plate in chemistry lab. In that case it was a hot ...

Yest Review SafLager W-34/70 Dry

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

An excellent property of dry brewing yeast is that they have a very high cell count, they store well (years) and the yeast are packed with nutrient reserves which allow for fast starts. When brewing lagers, the vast majority of yeast strains are liquid yeast strains, requiring large starters ...

Stir Plates and Growing Brewing Yeast Quickly

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Creating a simple yeast starter as outlined here at brewersfriend.com will greatly increase your yeast cell count, but there is a way to easily supercharge this process. By using a stir plate you will be able to grow nearly 100% more yeast cells using the same volume of starter in ...

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