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Reharvesting Yeast

August 10, 2016

One of my favourite things about homebrewing is the ability to create essentially any style of beer imaginable. Sometimes it’s a creative process — “What if I put figs in a brown ale?” — but other times you try a beer and think, “I just want to make exactly that!” This happened most recently when I cracked open a bottle of Amber Ale from Bell’s Brewery, a craft brewery based out of Michigan. Cloning Bell’s Amber Ale is a little more tricky than some other beers because the brewery uses a proprietary yeast strain. Luckily, Bell’s beer is bottle conditioned, meaning that in each bottle there is a (relatively) small amount of perfectly viable yeast just waiting to be reharvested...

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