Finding Yeast in the Wild

Learn where to find the best yeast in the wild to use for your home brewed beers.

| April 2018

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The Wildcrafting Brewer (Chelsea Green, 2018) by Pascal Baudar shows readers how to combine the assortment of wild plants growing in their backyard with their brewing skills. By bringing unique ingredients into traditional brewing practices, Baudar helps his readers keep their brewing techniques and recipes creative and innovative. In the following excerpt, he explains where to find yeast in the wild.

Let’s start with a simple definition: Yeast is a type of fungus that is used in making alcoholic drinks (such as beer, wine, or mead) and in baking to help make dough rise.

Basically, what yeast does is convert sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide gas (CO2). In fact, if you take a look at the origin of the word yeast, you’ll discover that it comes from the Old English gist and Old High German jesen or gesen, which mean “to ferment.”



Most people who are into making beers or sodas will purchase their yeast online or at their local brewing supply store. I’m not a commercial yeast expert, but basically the type of yeast that you use will imbue some specific flavors to your brew and also determine the percentage of alcohol you can expect after a full fermentation. I’m much more into what nature is offering me, so I tend to use wild yeast.

 






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