In message <000001c1c076$791f1a80$16220b0a@administwflvyt>, Lars
>I was thinking, why can't you grow your own stock of turbo yeast at
>home? I mean, yeast is just another microorganism, and if you put it in
>sterile conditions with some nice nutrition, couldn't you just grow
>large amounts of it at home then?
It's possible to cultivate yeast but you always run the risk of mutation. I know
some brewers repeatedly use successive growths of their yeast but I think
I've read somewhere that to go beyond a 3rd generation you run the risk of
producing a weakening yeast. All the distilleries I've visited seem to use fresh
yeast for each fermentation.
>It feels kind of stupid to pay like 3$ a pack doesn't it?
Not really, $3 a pack compared with what we'd pay for commercial liquor
doesn't seem too bad a price to pay, if our homebrew/distilling suppliers were
to go out of business then there would be no where for the beginner to get
bits & pieces & the hobby would die. Give our suppliers a chance, I've yet to
meet one who is in the business purely to make a fortune !!
Fra' Auld Reekie