What is bootleg biology?

Bootleg Biology is an open source yeast (and wild bugs) project whose goal is to create the world’s most diverse library of microbes for the creation of fermented foods and beverages.

All microbes are sourced and isolated from “bootleg” sources such as: backyards, orchards, kombucha, yogurt, honey, fruit, bottle dregs, and whatever else we can get our hands on.

Enthusiasts contribute their yeast or house cultures to the project, with the shared goal of enriching the Bootleg Biology community’s access to diverse microbes.

Bootleg Biology is the first organization to pioneer the collection and cultivation of official local yeast strains for every U.S. postal code and country across the globe, beginning with the original S. arlingtonesis.

DIYeast / Backyard Yeast Wrangling Tool Kit

Backyard Yeast Wrangling Tool Kit

A Yeast Wrangling Tool Kit in its natural habitat

Education of basic DIY techniques related to the science of fermentation, specifically the capturing and isolating of yeast is at the core of Bootleg Biology’s mission.

To further our mission and expand our library we created the Backyard Yeast Wrangling Tool Kit which includes everything the experimental homebrewer needs to capture wild bugs, create agar plates, and isolate wild yeast.

The Tool Kit includes detailed illustrated step-by-step instructions as well as links to the DIYeast section of our site which is constantly updated with detailed information, graphics and a streaking video.

As an added bonus, each kit comes with a Bootleg Biology Contributor pack. Once you’ve isolated a strain, becoming a Contributor is a simple as sticking a cultured swab in a pre-paid envelope and dropping it in a mailbox.