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As any homebrewer knows, that $5.75+ Wyeast pack is essential for a good brew. Don't think dry yeast will contribute to a good beer.

Here's the tip I picked up from a long time brewer:

Get a FRESH pack of Wyeast of your choice. I like ales, and 1098 or 1056 have served me well. Activate 1-2 days prior to making up a half gallon of wort with dry wheat extract (2 cups Wheat DME and 9 cups water. Boil 15 minutes with 5-6 hop pellets of your choosing. Cool to 75 degrees F. Sanitize everything well. B-brite is a good sanitizer. Pitch yeast into the wort in a 1 gallon plastic carton and set airlock. Cover from light for about 1 week, or until fermentation ceases. Sanitize 6 - 7 beer bottles and caps, and a funnel. Gently fill the clean bottles, adding a couple ounces at a time to each bottle and repeat until filled or starter is gone. Cap and refrigerate. Use to make a starter, or if only a couple of months old, pitch straight from the bottle after removing from fridge and achieving room temp. By following the basic sanitation practices, you now have high quality Wyeast for about a buck each! I have brewed many batches using this method.

Do the math: a 10 gallon all grain batch using M&F Brit 2-row or Maris Otter at roughly $1 per pound x 18 lbs, plus $3 hops and $1 high quality yeast, and a lb. or 2 specialty grains at $1.35/lb means a total of $22 for 80 pints.

The yeast cost savings are also great when making a 5 gallon all-grain batch. $8 malt, $2-3 hops, and $1 high quality liquid yeast - $11 for 40 pints

Also, the convenience of having Wyeast on hand means brew when YOU'RE ready, not when you can get to the brew supply!

 

 

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