DIY Yeast Ranching, AHA Rally, & New Contributors 1


I recently had the honor of giving a presentation on “Backyard Yeast Ranching Techniques” at the DC Homebrewers BBQ . I’ve taken that information and have begun incorporating it into the DIY section of bootlegbiology.com, starting with the first installment, Capturing Yeast. “Creating Plates”, and “Isolating Yeast”, pages will be posted in the coming weeks. So stay tuned. (Editor: Creating Plates & Isolating Yeast pages are now live. Go get ’em!)

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Turn gross into great…yeast

If you’re new to yeast ranching, no need to panic. These pages should give you the most basic tools and knowledge needed to capture and isolate a pure strain of your own yeast. I’m not a trained microbiologist, and you don’t have to be either to learn some basic lab techniques. And of course once you have your own yeast strain, then it’s easy-peezy to become a Contributor to Bootleg Biology.

If you’ve never seen Bootleg Biology in 3D before, good news! We’ll be participating in the American Homebrewers Association’s rally in Washington, D.C. on September 14, 2013 at 3 Stars Brewing. We’ll be pouring beers brewed with the local Arlington yeast, talking about the Local Yeast Project, and answering questions on capturing backyard yeast.  You might even see us attempting to capture an ambient yeast culture during the rally, so dress accordingly. Also, we’ll be announcing some very exciting Bootleg Biology news at the rally, so make sure you register while space is still available!

Spent Planet Fermentation

We Heart Contributors

Saving the best for last, we’ve received new culture samples from Contributors Michael CraneCraig Wolf, and Spent Planet Fermentation. We’ll get them on the Big Board once we’ve finalized isolating strains from each sample. Need info on how to send us your unique cultures? Reach out to us on the Contact page.

Until next time.

To fermentation!


About Jeff Mello

Chief Yeast Wrangler @bootlegbiology. I play with yeast so you don't have to. You may have already met my beard.

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