Become A Contributor

So you want to become a Contributor? First step, use the contact form and let us know the following:

What’s the capture date & location/zip code (if a Local Yeast) where your culture was wrangled? Adding new strains to our Local Yeast Project is our top priority.

Describe the capture method and source.  (e.g. Honey, specific fruit, barrel swab, open air wild yeast starter in your backyard, etc).  Have you isolated a pure strain or is your culture a blend?

Do you have photos you took while wrangling? Everyone digs seeing your awesome yeast collection methods, so document it!

How are you able to send your culture sample? Plates and slants work great. If you have a liquid culture/starter, sterile swab the sample and send in a sealed plastic baggie (easiest) or send the liquid sample in a plastic yeast vial, test tube, or a tightly sealed old jam jar.

Have you brewed with your wild/local yeast or bug culture? Tell us about how it performed and what unique characteristics it brought to your brew.

Once we hear from you, we’ll respond with delivery instructions.

After a viable, unique yeast or wild bug culture is received by Bootleg Biology, you will be confirmed and can begin receiving your benefits.

Please do not send any samples before contacting us first. If your culture qualifies for the Local Yeast Project, it will be assigned a unique identifier code.

Contributor Benefits

All contributors (of any captured sample) get recognition on the Contributors list as a Bootleg Biology Contributor, with a link from your name to your preferred web presence (blog, Instagram/Twitter handle, etc).

For those captured samples/contributions that are viable brewing strains, we’ll provide a one-to-one exchange of anything in the Bootleg Biology Local Yeast Project Culture Bank or Homebrew Cultures library with shipping fees waived.

For those captured samples that require isolation (e.g. mixed cultures, or swabbed but not isolated samples), Bootleg Biology will attempt to isolate a pure culture from your sample.  If successful, we’ll send you back your own isolated culture!

Last but not least, first-time contributors of viable brewing strains will receive a one-time 25% discount off all Bootleg Biology merch and swag. Once we’ve confirmed your strain is viable, we’ll send you your discount code.

*By becoming a Contributor you agree to our Terms & Conditions. They’re pretty straight-forward, and we hope make sense based on our mission.