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Saving Yeast With a Vacuum Sealer

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I periodically brew small batches that require less that a full packet of dry yeast.  See: Small Batch, All Grain Stove Top Brewing + Water Calculation Spreadsheet.  For that matter, sometimes larger beers require a full packet plus.

To save money and reduce waste, I use my FoodSaver [Review] to store partial packets of dried yeast.

Here’s the procedure I use…

  1. Determine the proper amount of yeast using a pitching rate calculator.
  2. Prepare the proper amount of re-hydration water.  Generally, you’ll prepare 10 grams of water for every one gram of yeast needed, but consult manufacturer’s directions.  Check out Tip 1 on our tips page for how I do this using a lab bottle in the microwave.
  3. Put the prepared rehydration water on an accurate gram scale [review].  Make sure the scale has a “tare” feature or otherwise account for the weight of the container and water.
  4. Zero the scale out using the tare feature.
  5. Cut the yeast packet open and slowly pour the yeast into the rehydration water.  Careful, there’s no going back if you pour too much.  🙂
  6. When I get the amount of yeast I’m looking for, I immediately seal the yeast packet (if it’s a mylar type material) using the heat strip sealer on my vacuum sealer.
  7. I write the amount of remaining yeast on the packet using a Sharpie and then seal that in vacuum bag for additional protection.

This is quick and easy, reduces waste and saves money.

Some gear and ingredients to consider…

Need a pitching rate calculator? Free Non-Expiring Trial of Brewer’s Friend

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FoodSaver V3460 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System [Hops & More]

FoodSaver V3460 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System

FoodSaver V3460 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System by FoodSaver.  Space-saving vertical design.  Includes integrated role holder and bag cutter.  Includes accessory port.  Extra wide sealing strip.

Why would you want a FoodSaver for homebrewing?
Vacuum sealers are indispensable for storing hops [See: 5 Recent Hop Finds].  You can save money by getting in on bulk hop buys.  Use your vacuum sealer to break these up and to preserve freshness.  You can also store specialty grains in vacuum bags or using the mason jar attachment.  Other uses include: storing base grains, partial dry yeast packs and storing and preserving other beer ingredients.

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for up to the minute description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

FoodSaver V3460 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System

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FoodSaver v4840 [Hop Storage]

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FoodSaver 2 in 1 system with built in retractable handheld sealer, starter kit, heat seal and zipper bags.  Starter Kit includes: (1) 11″x10′ Roll, (3) Qt Heat-Seal Bags, (2) Gal Heat-Seal Bags, (3) Qt Zipper Bags, (2) Gal Zipper Bags.  Unit includes roll storage and bag cutter.

Why would you want a FoodSaver for homebrewing?
Vacuum sealers are indispensable for storing hops [See: 5 Recent Hop Finds].  You can save money by getting in on bulk hop buys.  Use your vacuum sealer to break these up and to preserve freshness.  You can also store specialty grains in vacuum bags or using the mason jar attachment.  Other uses include: storing base grains, partial dry yeast packs and storing and preserving other beer ingredients.

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for up to the minute description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

FoodSaver 4840 2-in-1 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System with Bonus Built-in Retractable Handheld Sealer, Starter Kit, Heat-Seal and Zipper Bags

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Nesco Vacuum Sealer [Hops and More]

Nesco VS-02 Food Vacuum Sealer, Black/Silver

Nesco VS-02 Vacuum Sealer.  One touch operation.  Roll storage compartment with built in bag cutter.  Features a switch to extend seal time for a tighter seal and an override function for more delicate foods.

Vacuum sealers are indispensable for storing hops [See: 5 Recent Hop Finds].  I’ve also used mine for storing specialty grains, base grains and other beer ingredients.

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for up to the minute description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

Nesco VS-02 Food Vacuum Sealer, Black/Silver

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Remanufactured FM2000 FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer – $49.99 Shipped + 5 Recent Hop Finds

Remanufactured FM2000 Vacuum Sealer from FoodSaver

Why would you want a FoodSaver for homebrewing?
Vacuum sealers are indispensable for storing hops [See: 5 Recent Hop Finds].  You can save money by getting in on bulk hop buys.  Use your vacuum sealer to break these up and to preserve freshness.  You can also store specialty grains in vacuum bags or using the mason jar attachment.  Other uses include: storing base grains, partial dry yeast packs and storing and preserving other beer ingredients.

About (from FoodSaver): The FoodSaver® FM2000 Vacuum Sealing System keeps food fresh up to 5x longer and saves up to $2700 per year based on buying in bulk, on sale and preventing waste. Form and function combine with a sleek, compact design and easy-to-use manual operation to preserve a variety of foods. Compatible with the FA2000-000 Handheld Sealer*.

Included In Offer:

  • 3 – Quart Vacuum-Seal Bags
  • 2 – Gallon Vacuum-Seal Bags
  • 1 – 11” x 10′ Vacuum-Seal Roll
  • 1 – Accessory Hose

As of this posting, this is selling for just $49.99 with free shipping to most US addresses.  Check out FoodSaver’s site for up to the minute price and availability.

The FoodSaver® FM2000 Vacuum Sealing System- Remanufactured

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Seal-a-Meal Vacuum Sealer – Preserving Hops & Other Ingredients + Nikobrew Sale

Seal-a-Meal FSSMSL0160-000 Vacuum Sealer

Seal-a-Meal FSSMSL0160-000 Vacuum Sealer from Seal-a-Meal.  Press/Hold Release System.  Removable drip tray.  Fits 8-inch, 11-inch, quart and gallon heat-seal bags and rolls.  Compact design.  Seal indicator light.

Why would you want a Vacuum Sealer for homebrewing?  Vacuum sealers are indispensable for storing hops.  You can save money by getting in on bulk hop buys.  Use your vacuum sealer to break these up and to preserve freshness.  You can also store specialty grains in vacuum bags.  Other uses include: storing base grains, partial dry yeast packs and storing and preserving other beer ingredients.

Update: Since this post was published the price, availability or promotion has changed.  Check the product page for up to the minute description, price and availability.  Also: Today’s Deals on Amazon

AlsoHop Grab Bags are Back! And up to 20% Off All Hops at Nikobrew

Seal-a-Meal Manual Vacuum Sealer with compact design, hands-free, seal indicator lights, FSSMSL0160-000

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100 Pint Vacuum Sealer Bags [Hops & More]

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100 FoodVacBags 6X10 Pint Size Vacuum Sealer Bags by FoodVacBags.  Features: Can be used in any clamp style vacuum sealer.  4 mil Heavy-duty bags with embossed air-removal channels.  FDA Approved and BPA Free.

I use these and I can tell you that they are nice, img_cln_img_1192-e1451946777942-300x225high quality vac bags.  They are mentioned in my FoodSaver V2244 Review.  These pint size bags can hold approximately 10.5 ounces of pellet hops.

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100 FoodVacBags 6X10 Pint Size 4 mil Vacuum Sealer Bags Commercial Grade

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