Keeping fresh yeast

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Keeping fresh yeast

Postby ErnieV » Sun Apr 28, 2013 9:46 pm

Hi people,

I have some fresh bakers yeast that I use for my washes.

It came in a large block like a pack of butter would.

I have kept it in an old ice cream tub in the frige. However when I opened it this morning there was some bacterial growth on the outside of the packet.

I have removed the packet and have thrown it away, but was thinking about adding some alcohol to keep it in?

What do you think?


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Re: Keeping fresh yeast

Postby kelbygreen » Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:40 pm

what do you mean by adding alcohol? your better off storing it in a vacuum sealed bag and at about 4 deg for longer life. Yeast have a alcohol tolerance usually around 10% some higher some lower, They will die when that point is reached so if you are putting alcohol on the yeast then they will most prob die and if not they will loose alot of viability
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Keeping fresh yeast

Postby ErnieV » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:28 am

Cheers, I haven't got a facility for vacuum packing so will just have to keep it in the ice cream tub.


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Postby kingy » Mon Apr 29, 2013 5:06 am

Vacuum sealers are cheap as on eBay and very handy. I use it for my hops,also when we go camping we seal out meat individually and freeze it all before we go. Keeps the esky cool for days.
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Re: Keeping fresh yeast

Postby Hill » Mon Apr 29, 2013 10:15 am

You could build up a yeast starter, add some DME, water and yeast, let it ferment out then refrigerate then just take of as you need a few days before you want to use it, warm up add a little add a little more DME to get the yeast working again and pitch.
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Re: Keeping fresh yeast

Postby Andy » Wed May 01, 2013 6:52 pm

can anyone she some light while it is a block?
I have only ever used dried yeast...
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Re: Keeping fresh yeast

Postby ErnieV » Wed May 01, 2013 7:01 pm

Andy wrote:can anyone she some light while it is a block?
I have only ever used dried yeast...


I don't know mate but I just went to an ethnic grocers and asked if they had any live yeast. This was what they gave me and it's worked great. It was only £2.00 UK for the block and has lasted me absolutely ages. I will definitely be buying another one.
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Re: Keeping fresh yeast

Postby crow » Fri May 03, 2013 3:21 pm

reckon I would try a sandwich bag,( not a vacuum as such but you can squeeze out most of the air) and bung it in the fridge
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Re: Keeping fresh yeast

Postby ErnieV » Sat May 04, 2013 1:05 am

Good idea, thanks Crow.
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Re: Keeping fresh yeast

Postby Sam. » Sun May 05, 2013 1:58 am

Wrap it in glad wrap first then chuck it in a zip lock bag, oxygen is the enemy :banana-ninja: (i felt like a dancing ninja banana)
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Re: Keeping fresh yeast

Postby Urrazeb » Fri May 10, 2013 10:16 am

sam_and_liv wrote:Wrap it in glad wrap first then chuck it in a zip lock bag, oxygen is the enemy :banana-ninja: (i felt like a dancing ninja banana)

Yep glad wrap is the shiz, nice and tight and to the back of the fridge :)
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Postby wellerjohn » Sun May 12, 2013 5:29 am

Store your yeast in the freezer, it won't hurt it at all.
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