RiteBrew does a few things that really impress me with regards to freshness. I’ve talked about some of those before… 1. Fresh Wyeast Pre-Orders, 2. They have a tendency clearance yeast that is close to it’s expiration date in their Bargain Bin and 3. “Packed On” dates for their recipe kits.
I noticed a new one when checking out this afternoon… During checkout you’re given the opportunity to have the order held over a weekend of holiday. That’s brilliant and addresses a big problem. When orders are packed right before a weekend or holiday, shipping time is extended. This option helps you avoid yeast sitting in a hot (or cold) delivery truck during transit longer than necessary.
Discount shipping. RiteBrew discounts shipping charges by $5 when you place an order of $75 or more. That applies automatically at checkout.
Stainless Pressure Cooker by T-fal. Suitable for all heat sources including induction. Pressure indicator. Features a safe opening and closing system. Replacement gaskets are available (model # X9010103).
You can use a pressure cooker to can starter wort, sterilize and make sterile water for yeast washing.
The line a number of great yeasts including OYL-052 DIPA. OYL-05 is – “isolated from a famous double IPA brewed in Vermont”… I take that to mean the Conan Strain of yeast used to make… Heady Topper.
Update 8/27: OYL-052 has been sold out. We reported this being available back on the 18th of this month. It was an on-again-off-again situation as it sold out yet again. It’s back in stock as of this (8/27) update.
(12) half liter/500 ml lab Bottles by Bel-Art. Narrow mouth. Bottle is made from polypropylene. Can withstand boiling and be sterilized by autoclave. Solvent resistant. Screw cap features deep threads to prevent spills and evaporation losses.
Uses include: Yeast rehydration, yeast washing and slurry storage. Also an easy vessel for making and storing sanitized water and collecting brew day wort samples. I use similar containers to rehydrate yeast. Check out Tip 1 on our Tips Page for more info on that.
This deal gets you everything you need to start making stir plate starters…
StirStarter Stir Plate – I’ve used the StirStarter for years and years. It has worked very well for me. I can wholeheartedly recommend it to you.
StirStarter Magnet Keeper – use to hold your stir bar in place or easily remove a stir bar
1″ Magnetic Stir Bar
2,000 mL/2L Erlenmeyer Flask
1 lb of Muntons DME – I use metric for easily figuring how much DME I’ll need. Divide the number of milliliters you need by 10 and you have the number of grams of DME you’ll need. 1 liter (1,000 milliliters) = 100 grams of DME
Carboy Cap (fits 2L Flask)
and Yeast Nutrient
Bell’s Brewery General Store has the whole bundle marked down to $71.20.
Why a Stir Plate? The constant motion of a stir plate integrates oxygen, puts yeast in constant contact with nutrients, relieves built up CO2 and generally helps yeast to grow more rapidly. That also means smaller starters.
RiteBrew does a periodic Wyeast Pre-Order. You get your choice of any strain of Wyeast yeast that they carry, regardless of stock level. You also get shipment from fresh stock right when it comes in. You can order other items as well, however, your whole order will be held until the yeast arrives and is quickly sent out.