The mysteries Of Fresh Yeast

Joined Aug 12, 2000
I've made beer, and heard this discussion before. Back when standards were low (like during Prohibition, poverty or before refrigeration) they used whatever they could get to make beer: table sugar, baking yeast, raisins, etc. The "beer" was cloudy, with disagreeable "off" flavors. But really cheap! They didn't know any better, or didn't care. Standard brewing yeasts have been bred to give us the flavors we expect, to settle and clear properly, ferment completely to a higher alcohol content, etc. You could probably use beer yeast to make bread, but it would probably be hard to handle and the finished product might be a little different from what you expect.

I love instant yeast!
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