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The old saying holds true, “Brewers make wort, and yeast makes beer.” Yeast gives our brews their alcohol content (hooray!), and many yeast strains add distinctive flavors. It’s no secret that growing, harvesting, and saving yeast is one of the biggest cost savers in home brewing. With White Labs vials going for $7-$11 and Wyeast Smack Packs going for $8-$14, yeast can easily become one of the biggest ingredient costs. Higher gravity beers (1.060+ Original Gravity) will even require multiple vials/smack packs to achieve the correct pitch rate, taking your yeast cost to $14-$28 per 5 gallons! Fortunately, you can virtually eliminate this cost by taking a few simple steps… Continue reading