Large flake nutritional yeast

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by Ilanko, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Ilanko

    Ilanko Aficionado (245) New York Aug 3, 2012

  2. drewbage

    drewbage Advocate (745) California Mar 15, 2003 Verified Subscriber

    You might be able to use it as a nutrient supplement, but I'd stick with the purpose made stuff for that purpose!
  3. This issue has been discussed in various forms over the years. Most often, the question is "since i'm pitching the same number of cells, can i use $.03 worth of Baker's yeast instead of $8 of Brewer's yeast to ferment my beer?" (or words to that effect).The answer is "probably yes, but it's probably not going to be what you were hoping for" (or words to that effect).

    There's a reason that certain strains are labeled Brewer's, some are labeled Baker's, some are labeled Nutritional, etc. it's because they tend to be good at those particular tasks. Odds are, it will ferment and you'll have a drinkable beer. Odds also are that you won't repeat that experiment. OTOH, you may discover something wonderful! When we don't take chances, we stagnate.
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  4. Ilanko

    Ilanko Aficionado (245) New York Aug 3, 2012

    I figure out that this stuff is a grate source of vitamin B and it's very tasty as a grate additive for any soup instead of salt use this flacks
  5. yinzer

    yinzer Savant (395) Pennsylvania Nov 24, 2006

    When are you adding it?
  6. pweis909

    pweis909 Advocate (740) Wisconsin Aug 13, 2005 Verified

    It would never occur to me. I suppose it has the nutritional content of yeast hulls. Makes sense that live yeast would be able to extract nutrients from it, but there probably are better products for supplying nutrition to your beer yeast. I definitely would not try to flavor a beer with it.
  7. I agree that nutritional yeast is incapable of fermenting anything. If you're looking for a cheap way to ferment sugars, especially the simple sugars, regular bread yeast โ€” Flieschman's, Red Star, etc. โ€” work just fine. I've used bread yeast very successfully to ferment apple juice/cider into the hard version. The results are every bit as good as ciders fermented with something like Notty, and only take about 50ยข worth of yeast vs. $3.00 or more. ( I suspect you could make pretty drinkable beers from the bread yeast, too โ€” not great, but drinkable.)
  8. My comment assumed that you were considering fermenting the beer with it. I now sense that wasn't the intention. If that's the case, then feel free to ignore it.

    But, to go off on the obvious tangent, I've heard of people using Baker's yeast to ferment beer (when bought by the pound, it's closer to $.03 a batch than $.50). The results were actually quite acceptable, though I don't recall if it was compared side by side with a proper Brewer's yeast. Suffice it to say that it's perfectly fine for a dorm beer.
  9. Years back on the HBD, there was a discussion that said bread yeast and brewers yeast are closely related. In olden times the brewers and bakers in a town would get yeast from one another if they had a problem with the house yeast.