Yeast is a very important ingredient when it comes to wine

To activate yeast the first step is called proofing and is a way to test the yeast to make sure it is alive and still active

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  • […] much as I love using my homemade sourdough yeast to make bread, sometimes I forget to feed my starter, and sometimes I just don’t want to wait […]

    Orange-colored galls, such as these pictured in 2010, from the beech tree forests of Patagonia have been found to harbor the yeast that makes lager beer possible. Five hundred years ago, in the age of sail and when the trans-Atlantic trade was just beginning, the yeast somehow made its way from Patagonia to the caves and monastery cellars of Bavaria where the first lager beers were fermented. University of Wisconsin-Madison Genetics Professor Chris Todd Hittinger and colleagues from Portugal, Argentina and the University of Colorado describe the lager yeast, whose origin was previously unknown. Image Credit: University of Wisconsin. Photo by Diego Libkind, Institute for Biodiversity and Environment Research, Bariloche, Argentina. Click image for the largest view.

  • I’m wondering if I can use organic dry yeast to make a fresh yeast product. I’m actually interested in making something high in b vitamins for my organic dairy goats! B vitamin supplements are just too expensive for 9 goats. All the supplements I can find to purchase are crazy expensive and they always add things I don’t want to give my goats (even the organic ones) Any ideas?

    Sure, homebrewers make the wort, but it’s yeast that makes the beer. The process of converting wort into beer is a labor-intensive task for yeast, and it deserves all the help it can get to conduct a quick but clean fermentation. One of the best ways to ensure yeast is empowered for the best fermentation is by creating a yeast starter.

  • Yes, you can dehydrate yeast by make little cakes of starter and drying to small hard cookie shapes. Found this in a book up in Alaska called the “Alaska Sourdough” cookbook. Pioneers if traveling on foot, horseback, or dogsled had to think of lightweight storage and breakage thus the dried yeast cakes. All you have to do to is reconstitute by adding lukewarm water and sit a bit before starting recipe.

Yeast is a single-cell organism, part of the fungi kingdom

From start to finish, a loaf can take nearly 24 hours to produce, and that’s even not including the time spent nurturing your entirely home-made starter (add another couple of weeks for that!). Sure, you can make bread using instant yeast – I did, for many years, but once you taste a loaf crafted by your own hands that was made by a home-grown leavener – or raising agent – you won’t want to go back. Instant yeast makes for decent enough bread but because it has little “character,” and the bread rises so quickly and doesn’t have the time to develop its own personality, the flavors are one-dimensional and bland compared to the wonderfully nuanced, tangy notes produced by a genuine sourdough starter.